Ray Kowlaski began working with clay years ago in school but life’s journeys interrupted that connection until he started working for Syracuse University about 16 years ago and decided to re-explore ceramics. When Ray first worked with clay it was as a sculpture, when he came back to clay he began making functional work.
Today Ray mostly works in white stoneware and porcelain; his glazes reflect the shape and character of the vessel. His influences are the people who mentor and inspire him including students, professors and fellow artists. The collaborative culture he finds in a studio environment like SU is immeasurable. He is honored to connect with people in this way.
He is very thankful to Margie Hughto, his mentor and friend for all that she inspires in him and his art, and my his and best friend Barb, for always supporting him, his dreams and his art.