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Ed Risak

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1950Born Park Forest, Illinois

2017Died Marquette, Michigan


BFA, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan

MA Education, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan


1974-2015Studio Potter, Marquette, Michigan

2005-2015Assistant Professor of Art, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan


Ed Risak is known for raku-fired vessels that combined wheel thrown components and hand-built slab components. Surface techniques included raku variations and a sprayed-on metallic matte glaze.

Risak’s work is known for the iridescent colors created with this sprayed-on metallic matte glaze.

Risak collaborated with his wife, Julie Risak, to make the work.

 A video of Ed discussing his work in his studio can be found here:

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Bibliography to Display: 

Forster, Matt. Backroads and Byways of Michigan, 3rd ed. Woodstock VT: The CountryMan Press, 2018.

 Poulton, Irene. Fired Up with Raku. Marllborough, UK: The Crowood Press, 2013.

 Schiffer, Unjeria. Teapots by Design: A Collectors’ Catalogue. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2006.



Typical Marks
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Courtesy Treadway-Toomey Auctions
Courtesy Treadway-Toomey Auctions

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 17, 2019.