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.
Select image to enlarge
The emphasis of Austin Zimmer's
sabbatical (during the Spring of 2006) was on
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.