Originally from Hawaii, Camarillo has been honing his skills in the art of Western raku pottery for over 40 years. He moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1996, gaining local and national recognition as a ceramic artist and juried into the prestigious Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. He was also featured on “Good Morning America” and is a resident artist at Lee Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia. Presently his works are on display in the U.S. Embassies in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Suva, Fiji; Kingstown, Jamaica; Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and Geneva, Switzerland.
Ramon utilizes a unique working method; he throws a twenty-five pound bag of clay, in a single wheel session, into a pot that defies the typical limitations of clay in size and thickness. These forms can reach as high as thirty-two inches, and the walls can be as thin as one-eighth of an inch. Camarillo expresses his imagination through the glazing process, using a variety of slips and glazes. The pots are then Raku fired at low-temperatures (1600-1800° F) in a kiln until red-hot, and then transferred to a bin or ground-pit with combustible material, such as paper, leaves, wood, or sawdust. The fire and smoke produce unexpected results such as luster, crackled, smoky, and swirling finishes in a variety of textures and colors. Depending on how the fire and smoke interact with the glazes, the spontaneous and unanticipated results create surfaces and textures that are unique and irreproducible.
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