Bowl in Teadust, 5"dia. (Ben Owen III)
Bowl in Teadust, 5"dia. (Ben Owen III)
Bowl in Teadust, 5"dia. (Ben Owen III)
Bowl in Teadust, 5"dia. (Ben Owen III)
Bowl in Teadust, 5"dia. (Ben Owen III)
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Bowl in Teadust, 5"dia. (Ben Owen III)

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   Serving bowls have been a part of the home setting for thousands of years.  Offering guests, family or friends a treat or special food dish has been a long-standing tradition across many cultures that continues today.  Measuring 5"dia. x 2.5"h. 
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.

   Teadust is a glaze that Chinese potters created while accidentally over-firing earthenware red pots and melting the clay to a puddle. With experimentation, these potters eventually developed glazes from testing these ingredients to produce a black glaze. Today, Ben has developed his own versions of a black glaze with the addition of iron, calcium, and magnesium oxide. While researching about slow cooling processes after the firing in the wood kiln, he found small proxyene crystals would form on his pots that had a mustard yellow to green color. A satin to matte finish is created from the crystals on the surface. If it is allowed to cool quickly the finish will be a solid glossy black. If it was placed in a salt-firing atmosphere it would be olive green (Frogskin).

 This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (1996) and is part of our "Pots From The Past" series release.  A unique representation of North Carolina pottery history!