pottery and sculpture is made with 100% porcelain clay and
is fired to a very high temperature, which helps make it particularly durable. All
pieces (cups, bowls, platters, etc.) are microwave
and dishwasher safe.
Glazes are certified as food-safe.
Background information about the artist: Austin Zimmer was raised in
the Kingdom of Tonga (located in the South Pacific) and has traveled,
studied or lived in: Australia, England, France, Holland and much of the
All artwork is sold as one-of-a-kind. Similar pieces can be combined to
form sets, but each piece possesses unique qualities that naturally vary.
All pieces are signed. No mass production and no
ZimmerClayWorks offers a complete money-back guarantee (less
shipping) for 30 days.
Click here for kiln construction
details. The completed kiln (shown above) is a
30 cubic foot down-draft (propane powered) salt kiln. Austin's studio
is also equipped with a large
electric kiln (a new Skutt KM1227).
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Austin's paradise (home and summer studio) located in Mystic, CT.
FYI -- The water-front property (pictured above) was originally purchased by
Austin's grandmother (Mrs. Nell Smith) for $50, in 1938. The sale
occurred one week AFTER the devastating hurricane of
1938, which caused wide-spread damage and 800+ fatalities. The seller
was understandably eager to 'unload' a waterfront property and Mrs. Smith
stepped up and seized the opportunity! The Smith, Goodrich, Knight and
Zimmer families will forever be in her debt.
Here are a few pictures of Austin's new work,
all of which sold (quickly!) at the Mystic Arts Festival.
FYI -- Austin received the 'Best of Show' award, for ceramics, from
the Mystic Chamber of Commerce.
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The emphasis of Austin Zimmer's
reconnecting with his artwork.
(pictures and a complete
itinerary listed below)
The sabbatical started by visiting
New York and Boston galleries. Austin then began drawing, packing and
getting ready for a move to North Carolina (Penland School of Craft) for an artist-in-residence program.
Austin spent a wonderful week at the
Grove Park Inn and Spa,
located in Asheville, NC. The Grove Part Inn is a classic GRAND resort, built
in 1913. Austin highly recommends The
Grove Park Inn to anyone
that REALLY needs to get away!
pictures (series #1)
January and February
Artist-in-residence program at the
Penland School of Crafts,
located 30 minutes outside Asheville, NC.
Austin's pictures (series #2)
A quote from Austin upon arriving at Penland School of Crafts: "I am thrilled with my initial results and
am looking forward to getting everything out of the kiln (reduction, soda and salt), stay tuned
for pictures! I plan to fire work in soda, salt, wood and
high-fire reduction kilns at Penland. The facilities at the school are
fantastic, everything is at my finger-tips! I typically arrive in the
studio around 10:00 a.m. and work until 2 or 3 a.m.; studios at Penland are
open 24/7. Everyone is incredibly friendly and generous with
recommendations and helpful suggestions; this is what heaven must be like (well, at
least for a potter)!"
March, April and May
Austin spent the remaining three months of his
sabbatical renovating his
future home and studio in Mystic, CT. He also began
construction of a
30 cubic feet downdraft salt-kiln, which is now operational.