A beautiful wood-fired Han vase with a combed surface that was cut into the clay using a band saw blade. The form is a simple translation of vases created during the Han Dynasty in China. Ben III's Grandfather, Ben Sr., passed on to his grandson the motto, "Keep it simple, son. Keep it simple." Measuring 7"w x 12.25"h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
The Natural Ash Glaze is produced by relying on the wood-firing process as the glazing agent. Most pieces dedicated to this glaze are placed in the kiln with little or no glaze applied to the exterior. During the firing process, the wood is stirred occasionally in the firebox to give flight to the flakes of ash that are produced during the firing. When these small flakes become airborne, they cling to the exposed areas of the pots and accumulate over a period of time. As the kiln reaches about 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, the wood ash will liquefy and begin to run down the side of the pots, as if one had poured honey on the vase.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2021).