The studio has been in steady motion this year. Commissions, applications, new ideas to put into motion, new materials and then the business of it all. All good stuff.
Recently I finished and delivered an urn. This piece was a bit different. The size was sort of pre-determined, we all become pretty much the same weight in ash it turns out. The design was left to me. I chose to carve the two urns out of clay, creating a bas-relief of a nature-inspired theme. Two urns gave me a safety net in case one did not make it through the wood firing process. The color I created through a long series of glaze testing and experimenting using the actual ash as a substitute for the calcium in the glaze recipes. Very interesting. I made roughly 50 samples, of which 19 made the cut. Of those 19 samples, 3 were standouts. Using the very ancient technique of wood firing the process was completed in roughly 6 months. The color became a beautiful blue, green-grey. It is true, we all have our own inner color!