Don Sprague’s artwork reflects his architectural studies at Washington State University. His training has led him to focus on the building process of each piece, which often involves joining together many wheel-thrown elements. Sprague’s lanterns, jars, pots, and dishes all display his interest in surface ornamentation and glazing.
Don Sprague first began to design lanterns around 1995 when his sister-in-law wanted one to keep lit in her garden in memory of her mother. The artist has continued to build lanterns, altering their shape, size, and glazing through the years. His interest in the surfaces of his pots is noticeable in the varied carvings that enrich the body of this lantern. The copper-based glaze evokes the bronze Chinese lanterns he often looks to for inspiration.
Don joined Mossy Creek Pottery in 2015.