A unique carved vase by potter, Bryan Pulliam. Made with a white stoneware and glazed in a Ben Owen Pottery proprietary glaze cobalt and ash glazes. This lovely carved vase will provide a unique backdrop for floral arrangements. This vase was fired in a salt kiln. Beautiful, unique, handmade. Measuring 4.75”w x 6.5”h. (2.25" vase opening)
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
Bryan Pulliam (b. 1969) ventured into a career in pottery-making and created Bryan Pulliam Pottery after years of admiring and collecting Seagrove, NC pottery. Bryan was especially drawn to early works from Ben Owen, Sr. Between 2005 and 2008, Bryan formalized his studies in the professional craft of clay by attending classes at the Rockingham Community College and gaining an apprenticeship with Sally Hayes and Noah Carlton. Bryan learned the basic techniques of wheel-throwing joined with an artistic approach to form and design. Concentrating his studies on production firing in the electric and gas kilns, Bryan gained essential knowledge that would increase his own pottery-making endeavors.
Bryan and Ben Owen III connected over 16 years ago when Bryan visited Ben Owen Pottery with a piece made by Ben Owen Sr., Ben III’s grandfather. Bryan was curious about the piece and wanted to learn more about the pottery tradition. Bryan began volunteering to help fire Ben III’s wood kilns, and, learned valuable information. After years of colleagueship and friendship with Ben III, Bryan is now a full-time studio assistant here at Ben Owen Pottery. Many of his days are filled with mixing glaze recipes and applying glazes to Ben’s pieces, along with loading and unloading kilns. In his spare time, Bryan makes his own signature work to sell in our retail store and online store.
Salt Glaze was first discovered by German potters in the late 14th century. The pieces can be handled and decorated with clay slips of many different colors, or, glazed partially with Cobalt Blue Glaze. The surface may resemble the texture of an orange peel. This was an early glaze used by settlers during the 19th century in the Seagrove area.
This piece is hand-signed by Bryan Pulliam with the year made (2022).