This Copper Penny glaze is a result of the reaction between the clay chemistry and the glaze chemistry, along with the reduction atmosphere created inside of the wood kiln during firing.
Ben III tends to derive ideas for his pottery forms and design work from the natural environment around him. The melon lines on the surface of this pitcher reflect this influence. In combination with the Earth-toned glaze, this graceful pitcher is a beautiful representation of refined simplicity. Measuring 7.5"w x 12"h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
Copper Penny Glaze is influenced by the amount of iron in the clay as well as the formula of the glaze. The range of color is dependent on the atmosphere of the firing in the kiln. During the early stages of firing, at 1600°F, we purposely control the furnace to burn inefficiently creating carbon inside the kiln. The reaction of carbon, over a period of several hours, with the iron in the clay will create warm tones in the glaze and iridescent or opalescent qualities to the surface. The presence of wood ash coming in contact with the glaze accentuates the glaze with flashes of apple green and yellow tones to deeper brown shades on areas of the pot. The name copper penny was chosen after many customers, over the years, commented that it looked like the surface of a penny.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2021).