Valerie Banes Hancock
My work is wheel thrown and altered, then high fired in either a soda kiln or a regular gas kiln. To emphasize the altered forms, I utilize the soda during the firing, or an additional sprayed glaze, to offer a contrast in satin and glossy surfaces making the piece not only visually interesting but also tactilely engaging. I also particularly enjoy the way that the altered forms displace liquid and food out of the round and into unique and individual shapes. By creating functional altered dinner and servingware, I hope to inspire people to slow down, examine and enjoy, while restoring, creating or simply embracing the bonds between family and friends.
Since 2013, I have been working as the Ceramics Lab Technician and an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, where I manage the ceramics facility, teach undergraduate clay classes and keep a studio.