Larry Gabbard began his pottery career after moving to Kingston, TN. His initial training began at Oak Ridge Art Center. Most of Larry’s pottery is wheel thrown, but he seeks out unique alternative kilns and firing techniques. Some of his alternative firings are: raku, horse hair, saggar, obvara, and pit firing. Larry seeks out well known potters and attends workshops to learn their unique techniques. He has attended classes at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts at Rabun Gap, GA, Mudfire Gallery, at Decatur, GA, as well as the ORAC at Oak Ridge, TN. Larry enjoys fast-firing techniques which create a rich variety of textures and colors on bisque clay. He finds the unexpected marks made when clay, heat, and smoke interact to be among the most intriguing and challenging of finishes to perfect and reproduce.
Member of: Foothills Craft Guild
Art & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville
Art Market Gallery of Knoxville
Oak Ridge Art Center