Andre Bally primarily works with Stoneware usually fired to Cone 5, creating a variety of forms, finished in a semi-gloss black glaze resembling cast iron. These pieces range from closed forms to bowls and rattles to platters and bowls that are decorative and utilitarian. The primary focus of Andre’s work is on texture, and he is currently experimenting with a methodology that utilizes liquid rubber to mask textural patterns. The pieces are then sandblasted to incise the patterns into bisque ware prior to glazing and firing. Andre also works with glass and glass etching, typically working with Northwest Indian design.
Virginia Bally has been greatly influenced by many diverse cultural heritages and works primarily with a style of modern majolica, utilizing low-fired stoneware. Her work reflects the beauty that is found in nature. She gets her inspiration from the beauty and diversity of the oceans, the American Southwest,vthe orient (particularly Japan), botanicals, and even her own back yard.
Above: Andre & Virginia Bally. Honey Pot, 2010. Sandblasted ceramic pod with black glaze and etche slumped glass lid. Photo by Andre Bally.