Brad Bachmeier

Sculpture and Ceramics

Large Raku Fired Vase


As a vehicle for my work, I have primarily chosen to use the raku firing technique, because to me it is the most exciting and challenging ceramic process. It requires patience, dedication and above all, intuition. I find it important for my craft to be true to the material, the history of the technique and my personal background. Through my study of raku firing and eastern pottery, I have developed a sincere appreciation for the principles of Zen aesthetic. It is some of these principles: asymmetry, naturalness, a sense of age, subtle depth and simplicity, that also create for me a connection with the rural prairie in North Dakota.

Through study and travel, I have also been affected by ceramic work and markings made in and by many cultures, especially those created in Africa, Greece, the Orient and Egypt. These influences have created the vehicle for giving a further sense of age, respect and history to my work.

It is the appreciation of ceramic antiquity, a respect for the beginnings of the raku technique and my personal connection to the North Dakota landscape and a rural way of life that created the forms, colors and textures evident in my work today.