Hans Miles

ceramic artist & musician

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About

Hans Miles was raised in Prescott, Arizona in a family of artists and has been creating and destroying since day one. Fascinated with the mechanical, the natural, design and deconstruction, the unknown and the novel, Hans brings a very special and highly idiosyncratic style to every facet of his expression.

These strong reverberations of style can be found in his approach to the ceramic medium. From chaotically executed sculptures imbued with moments of intensity and marks of insanity, to his highly controlled and meticulously planned atmospheric firings; this artist strives to relay an evocative narrative with each and every piece. Hans has developed many different firing styles and glaze recipes completely unique to himself but he is assuredly far from ending his search into the many pockets of forgotten knowledge that pertain to the ceramic arts.

His current works intend to explore even deeper the essence and science of atmospheric firing, a process invented in Europe in the 14th century and involving the introduction of volatile elements like sodium, potassium and calcium into the kiln at a temperature exceeding 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of firing can result in innumerable chemical reactions inside the kiln such as color changes, crystal growth, glass deposits and a little understood process known as flashing. However, sprinkled into these works are moments of quiet inspiration, loud bursts of recklessness and a subtle charm that makes his work so accessible and interesting in the first place.

Hans is currently pursuing his B.F.A. in ceramics at Arizona State University where he works as the lead technician in the ceramics lab. In addition to his studies, Hans holds the positions of General Manager of Art and Industry and Chief Clay Technician at Mission Clay Industries in Phoenix as well as a position as the General Manager of Ceramics at Cosanti in Paradise Valley.

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