Gourd Vases are a classic shape that reflects an organic approach to form. The Chinese Blue copper glaze is a blend of materials that will react to the smoke and flame from the firing process. A one-of-a-kind piece. No two develop the color pattern in the same way. Measuring 5.5”w x 9"h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
The Chinese Blue Glaze is sought by collectors because of the variety of hues and variations of finish from each firing. No two pieces develop exactly alike. Each result is one-of-a-kind.
Although many of the forms are similar to Chinese Red pieces, there are some shapes made specifically for this glaze.
The color is achieved from several mixtures of copper in a glaze and fired to 2250°F. This glaze was first developed at Jugtown Pottery in the 1930s. After Jacques Busbee’s death, his wife Juliana requested that the glaze no longer be produced. From different accounts and research, the recipe for the glaze was lost. This glaze influenced Ben Owen Sr. when he established his own studio. After many attempts to re-create the glaze, he developed a similar recipe that was then handed down through the generations and Ben Owen III continues with his version of the glaze.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2021).