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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. He became a resident artist at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA. He ultimately juried into the prestigious Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia and was featured on “Good Morning America”.
Ramon has served the State Department as an art attacheʻ for the Arts in the Embassies program. During his tenure he traveled to Dubai, India, Nepal and Bangladesh where he conducted numerous ceramic workshops and demonstrations. His works are on permanent display in U.S. Embassies around the world including Dhaka, Bangladesh; Suva, Fiji; Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and Geneva, Switzerland to name a few.
Ramon utilizes unique methods including throwing up to twenty-five pounds of clay, in a single wheel session without trimming. His forms can reach as high as thirty-two inches, and the walls can be as thin as one-eighth of an inch. He 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. 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 to each piece.
Ramon currently lives in Hawaiʻi but he travels several times a year to the East Coast conducting workshops and demonstrations to promote ceramics and the art of raku firing.