Woodfired Curvaceous Vase
This vase is hand thrown on the wheel with iron rich clay. The form is intended to evoke the female form and the vagaries of wood fire glazing brings layers of interest.
Wood fired ceramics are placed in a hand built brick kiln with a fireplace of sorts at one end. The door where you place them inside is sealed up, and then you begin the firing. Often loading the kiln takes a whole day due to many little processes that need to be done in order to ensure a successful firing.
The next day usually calls for an early start as you work in shifts to stoke the fire hotter and hotter until it reaches over 1300°C. This usually takes around 10-12 hours.
When the kiln cools down two days later you are able the break the seal on the door and start the process of unloading and seeing how kind the kiln gods were to you, before cleaning and grinding your pieces.
This vase is one of a kind and the wood firing effect has delightful flashes of warmth.
Measuring approximately 20cms high and 13cms in diameter