This Edo Jar in Ash Glaze is a perfect example of “letting the kiln be the paintbrush”. The Natural Ash Glaze is produced from a combination of hardwoods and pine burned in the kiln. The texture on the surface is created by using a bandsaw blade typically used in woodworking. While the piece is “leather hard”, the saw blade cuts into the clay to reveal a linear design. Measuring 7”w x 11.75"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).