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Wood Fired Tall Carved Sculptural Ceramic Pottery Vessel

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This handmade sculptural ceramic pottery vessel is thrown on the potters wheel.
I have thrown it with thick walls to allow for deep carving.
I wait until a certain degree of drying has occurred and then I carve and manipulate the groggy stoneware clay by hand.
I do not add any additional clay, I only subtract.

The piece is bisque fired in my electric kiln and then glazed on the interior of the vessel and the recessed bottom of the foot with delicate touches on the raised edges.
The piece was fired again in a wood kiln(noborigama) at the Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Md.
The process involves stoking the kiln repeatedly and is shared with a wonderful group of other ceramic artists/potters.
The temperature reaches over cone 10((2400 degrees). It takes over 24 hours and the kiln is not opened and unloaded(it is still hot) for several days.
The color and added texture on the exterior is achieved by the flames and ash flowing through the 3 chambers of the kiln. It is an incredible process.
If you notice, the close up photo of the interior reveals incredible crystal development and a rich burnt red effect.

The piece is completely water-tight and the clay is fully vitrified at this point(no longer porous).
The vessel is 12 1/8" tall x 5 1/8" wide.

This piece is inspired by texture in nature and folds of textiles.
This modern piece is also rustic while elegant in appearance.
I do not attempt to recreate but rather, to reinterpret my inspirations.
I most enjoy the process of carving these pieces and I believe my enjoyment is evident in the final visual result.

As with all of my work, there is no slip-casting or molds involved.
Each piece is handmade and therefore "one of a kind".
Even if similar items are made, they are never EXACTLY alike,
as that would be impossible!

Wood Fired Tall Carved Sculptural Ceramic Pottery Vessel

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: clay, glaze, stoneware, woodfire
  • Feedback: 280 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from New Jersey, United States
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