This three-handled design is influenced by the classic Japanese style of vase-making during the Edo period in Japanese culture. Three handles decorate the top of this vase while the combed lines created on the clay surface are a result of a technique developed by Ben with a band saw that is used in woodworking. After turning the vessel on the potter's wheel, the vessel is allowed to dry to a point referred to by potters as the “leather hard” stage. This is when the clay is partly dried but still impressionable. The Nebular Purple resulted from experimenting with cobalt glazes fired inside the wood kiln atmosphere. The slow cooling of the kiln creates the light purple micro-crystals along the surface. A unique find that was a pleasant surprise! Measuring 6”w x 9.25"h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
Ben Owen III developed the Nebular Purple wood-fired microcrystalline series over several years. The outcome is the artistic rendition of a majestic nebula formation that telescopic space images portray.
To achieve this rare find, the wood kiln temperature is meticulously controlled as it rises AND as it falls, to encourage micro-crystal growth at specific temperatures and render this stunning final product. A small amount of the pigment magnesium tints the crystals light purple while a high concentration of the pigment cobalt tints the background a deep, rich blue. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind glaze!
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2022).