Candone Wharton has been working as a Raku artist for over thirty years. For the past thirteen years, she has been a fulltime studio artist living in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. She is best known for her intricate basket weave textured vessels and her luster Raku glazes.
“My education is American, the firing technique is Japanese, the glaze influences are from Morocco, and the forms are inspired by ancient architecture and vessels.” Candone Wharton’s first studio was on the island of Ibiza, Spain. Her resources were limited, her studio and kiln primitive. Her introduction to clay involved only the use of her hands and the simplest of tools. Today she uses a slab roller and a few kitchen utensils to create textures on slabs and pinched bases. She then builds up the form with layers of coils that she’s carved or textured with basket weave and block print designs. Her raku finish is an inspiration from her interest in the lusters of Moroccan pottery. The combination of techniques, influences, and cultures creates an art that is her own.