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Blue on Golden Speckle Crystalline Vase

Blue on Golden Speckle Crystalline Vase

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  • Materials: Porcelain, Crystalline Glaze
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This small porcelain vase was handmade (thrown on a potter’s wheel) and then when properly prepared a handmade and formulated macro-crystalline glaze was applied. The crystals are not applied to the vessel but are born and grow during the exacting crystalline glaze process described below. As such each vessel is absolutely unique.

This vase is 6.75 inches/17.14 centimeters tall and 4.0 inches/10.16 centimeters wide. These crystals are several layers of a variation of blue intensity, a darker blue in the center surrounded by a lighter blue which is then encircled by a still lighter textured blue and the background is glaze is golden mustard with dark gold speckles.

Crystalline Glaze process......

The Crystalline glaze is what I think of as art, science and a bit of magic. These glazes cannot be purchased and must be formulated with specific ratios of glaze materials that when applied to a smooth surface such as a porcelain clay body and super-heated (2300 – 2400 degrees F) to ensure all glaze materials are activated and will develop microscopic crystal seeds. Once the seeds have formed the temperature is lowered (1900 – 2050 degrees F) and maintained so that the glaze is actually molten and fluid which will provide the crystals the environment necessary to grow, similar to an ice crystal on a window pane. The particular growing temperature that is maintained will determine the shape of the crystal, the length of time the growing temperature is maintained will determine the size of the crystal.
Because the glaze is heated to much higher temperatures than normal, the glaze will actually run off the clay vessel. A separate piece is thrown and perfectly fitted to the bottom of the piece that will collect the glaze runoff. These are referred to as a ‘catchers’ and are only used one time for each clay vessel. These catches are small shallow bowls that have a short cylinder in the center where the base of the clay vessel is attached. Once the kiln has cooled each piece must be carefully detached from the catcher and the bottoms sanded and polished smooth.
Only through countless testing can one successfully formulate a crystalline glaze and also determine the particular peak and growing temperatures for that particular glaze formulation.
Of course with this type of process, many things can go wrong within and outside of human control, so much care/planning must be taken with each step of the process to ensure success.
This small porcelain vase was handmade (thrown on a potter’s wheel) and then when properly prepared a handmade and formulated macro-crystalline glaze was applied. The crystals are not applied to the vessel but are born and grow during the exacting crystalline glaze process described below. As such each vessel is absolutely unique.

This vase is 6.75 inches/17.14 centimeters tall and 4.0 inches/10.16 centimeters wide. These crystals are several layers of a variation of blue intensity, a darker blue in the center surrounded by a lighter blue which is then encircled by a still lighter textured blue and the background is glaze is golden mustard with dark gold speckles.

Crystalline Glaze process......

The Crystalline glaze is what I think of as art, science and a bit of magic. These glazes cannot be purchased and must be formulated with specific ratios of glaze materials that when applied to a smooth surface such as a porcelain clay body and super-heated (2300 – 2400 degrees F) to ensure all glaze materials are activated and will develop microscopic crystal seeds. Once the seeds have formed the temperature is lowered (1900 – 2050 degrees F) and maintained so that the glaze is actually molten and fluid which will provide the crystals the environment necessary to grow, similar to an ice crystal on a window pane. The particular growing temperature that is maintained will determine the shape of the crystal, the length of time the growing temperature is maintained will determine the size of the crystal.
Because the glaze is heated to much higher temperatures than normal, the glaze will actually run off the clay vessel. A separate piece is thrown and perfectly fitted to the bottom of the piece that will collect the glaze runoff. These are referred to as a ‘catchers’ and are only used one time for each clay vessel. These catches are small shallow bowls that have a short cylinder in the center where the base of the clay vessel is attached. Once the kiln has cooled each piece must be carefully detached from the catcher and the bottoms sanded and polished smooth.
Only through countless testing can one successfully formulate a crystalline glaze and also determine the particular peak and growing temperatures for that particular glaze formulation.
Of course with this type of process, many things can go wrong within and outside of human control, so much care/planning must be taken with each step of the process to ensure success.

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