Gregory Allen Felando
After many years of interest in Chinese porcelain Gregory Felando in 1979 began a pottery studio in Northern California with one partner. Arcanum Ranch Pottery became a successful business with an established studio beginning with a wood-fired kiln followed by two propane gas fired kilns and a large electric kiln in order to maintain production and increase sales. Emphasis was placed on developing a wide palette of high fired glaze colors and effects, as for example, classical Chinese glazes such as ox blood, temmoku, mirror black, celadon, and crackle glazes. These glazes and combinations were all formulated, mixed and milled at the studio. No commercial glazes were used in order to offer distinct variations of color and have complete control of what ingredients went into them.. All of the ware was fired to cone 10 (2300° F) so that the pottery became fully vitrified and strong. All the pottery was hand-thrown and forms are kept simple and classic so as not to detract from the beauty of the glaze. Gregory Felando worked exclusively with porcelain, a fine, pure white clay body that is very demanding to throw successfully. He focused in producing a very wide range of vases of all possible shapes and colors in addition to utilitarian ware.
In 2010 Mr. Felando moved to Port Angeles, Washington and established a sole proprietorship, Arcanum Pottery. Presently he specializes in high fired and hand-thrown porcelain forms with Crystalline Glazes. These crystalline glazes are formulated and mixed at the studio, no commercial glazes are used. These glazes are developed with the use of zinc oxide and are fired to 2300° F with an additional four hours of soaking at 2000° F in order to allow zinc silicate crystals to grow and develop random patterns and shapes. Color is achieved by adding various metal oxides such as cobalt for blue, copper for green, iron for gold, nickel for blue and gold. These crystals appear in interesting patterns, like ginkgo leaves, spikes or circular halos on the surface of the vases. No two vases develop the same patterns and each crystalline vase is truly unique unto itself.