Combed Two-Handled Vase in Copper Penny and Ash Glazes, 19.75"h (Ben Owen III)
Combed Two-Handled Vase in Copper Penny and Ash Glazes, 19.75"h (Ben Owen III)
Combed Two-Handled Vase in Copper Penny and Ash Glazes, 19.75"h (Ben Owen III)
Combed Two-Handled Vase in Copper Penny and Ash Glazes, 19.75"h (Ben Owen III)
Combed Two-Handled Vase in Copper Penny and Ash Glazes, 19.75"h (Ben Owen III)
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Combed Two-Handled Vase in Copper Penny and Ash Glazes, 19.75"h (Ben Owen III)

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   A wheel-thrown and combed vase in stoneware clay.  Multiple layers of Copper Penny glaze with overlapping Ash Glaze.  Fired in a single chamber wood kiln for over 70 hours.  A perfect vase for fresh or dried flowers.  This piece displays beautifully in a grouping.  Measuring 9.25"w x 19.75"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.

   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 occasionally stirred in the firebox to give flight to the flakes of ash 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 (2022).

*Half of the proceeds from the purchase of this vase will be donated to the Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey for the funding of a scholarship dedicated to qualifying wood-fired student(s) at the craft school.