Pangloss & Associates
Pottery Tour #20
3538 Hamstead Court
Durham, NC 27707
Directions: Going south on Hwy 751 (Hope Valley Road), 1/2 mile south of MLK, Jr. Blvd. turn left onto Brighton Road. One block, turn right onto Hamstead Court. Look for double mailbox on right with teapot hanging underneath.
The Raku process began in Japan centuries ago when tea masterswere looking for unique and special serving vessels to use with the tea ceremony honoring their special guests. Often the clay pieces were quickly fired on site, then cooled and used as part of the entertainment.
Raku continued to evolve as it moved to the United States about fifty years ago. A potter was demonstrating the process at a state fair, when a cup was accidentally dropped into dry leaves and grass. It was noticed that special color effects happened.
Curious and analytical minds pondered, experimented, and
developed new glazes and different ways of making these pots. Today there are thousands of Raku clay artists, each with their own twists that take their Raku pots well beyond the original tea bowl.
About the Artist
For over forty years Conrad Weiser has been active in the North Carolina Pottery community as an arts administrator, artist and
During the past decade has become well know for making teapots for tea connoisseurs using stoneware and porcelain clays. In the last three years he has devoted most of his time and energy crafting one-of-a-kind Raku ware while still pursuing a limited
stoneware/porcelain ware production.
From 1966 until his retirement in 1993, Conrad Weiser directed the Crafts Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He taught many different crafts classes while arranging for other instructors to teach in other crafts disciplines. At the same time he
assembled and installed over 200 major exhibitions in the galleries of the Crafts Center and the University Student Center.
Since his retirement, he has continued to teach short courses and Weekend Workshops for the NCSU Crafts Center, the Cipriano Craft Center at Duke University and at Claymakers Studios in Durham. He now offers personalized instruction in his studio. “I feel that it is a serious responsibility to pass on skills and information to new generations of craftsmen.”
For six years he served on the Board of Directors of Carolina Designer Craftsmen as Recording Secretary and as President. He is on the Board of Directors of the Dino Read Foundation. He was a founding member of the Triangle Potters Guild, the Wake Visual
Artist Association, and the Wake Weavers Guild. He has contributed to Ceramics Monthly Magazine and wrote monthly articles for the News and Observer in Raleigh.
Weiser has been represented by the Tyndall Galleries in Chapel Hill for a number of years. He is currently exhibiting in the Collectors Gallery and the Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, the Bella Vista Gallery in Asheville and the Green Hill Gallery in Greensboro.
Conrad Weiser received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art History. He previously attended San Antonio Jr. College in Texas and Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. He is widely traveled and has taken courses at the London School of Weaving, Kensington, UK, The University of Oslo, Blindern, Norway, Alfred University (SUNY) and was awarded an
MFA from the Instituto Allende, Universidad de Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 1985 he took part in a Fulbright Seminar, studying Japanese Culture in Tokyo with extensive travel-study in other parts of Japan. In 2008 he took part in the
NCECA Porcelain Seminar at the Jengdezhen Ceramic Institute in