David Zdrazil describes his clay work as “a dialog between that which we create and that which exists naturally.” He references traditional pottery forms, geological spectacle and everyday life. Like a folk potter, he uses natural materials from his environment to formulate unique glazes and clay bodies for pieces that are often wood-fired. This firing process can be described as “painting with fire” and attempts to express the pure beauty found within clay and fire. His work encompasses objects and installations with a wide variety of wheel-thrown, hand-built and slip-cast forms. David is also an Associate Faculty member at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. Since completing his M.F.A. at the University of North Texas in 2005, he has taught at several institutions in addition to giving guest lectures, workshops and consultation related to ceramics and kiln building. He has presented at the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts in the U.S. as well as ceramics conferences in France, Australia and Germany. His work has been exhibited in many countries and is found in collections around the world. Zdrazil has designed and built several unique kilns, including hybrids and the world’s first hydrogen fueled pottery kiln.