Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Carved vessels..a new, creative direction.

Recently, I've been carving more of my ceramic pieces, something which developed from creating Japanese-style footrings for tea bowls. At the same time, I was interested in finding ways to give the surfaces of my pots a more rock-like appearance. I'm always impressed by the work of some Japanese artists who manage to fashion pots which look as if they have been sculpted from stone rather than clay.

Here are a few examples which were fired in the electric kiln last week. The first piece was glazed with a carbon-trap shino which has crawled hugely, but I am still pretty satisfied with the result.

Carved vessel, 2.5 inches tall

Carved vessel, 4 inches tall

Carved sake cup, 3 inches tall

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