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Born in Joliet, Illinois, to an artist mother, ceramicist Curt Stevens has been exposed to art his whole life. Curt became serious about art himself in high school, signing up for private lessons in ceramics when his art teacher told his mother he was a natural with clay. He moved to Hawai’i in 1990, first living on Oahu before later moving to Maui.
Creating everything from everyday, functional items to one-of-a-kind collectors’ pieces, Curt’s process involves hand-building slabs as well as wheel-throwing with firing techniques of raku to high-fire. His glazing is a continuing process of experimentation resulting in unique colors and designs. Many of his pieces are porcelain and employ the Italian art of sgraffito, where he applies layers of color (underglazes or colored slips) to leather-hard pottery and then scratches off parts of the layer(s) to create contrasting images and patterns.