A beautiful Ribbed Globe Vase that will be cherished by its recipient for years to come. The natural tones are a result of a mix of iron and mica in the clay along with ash accumulation from a 72-hour+ wood firing.
The iron pigment in the Yellow Matte glaze and the natural wood ash glaze along with the iron- and mica-rich clay create a completely individualistic finish. The brilliant blue against the golden tones accents the beautiful drips along the contour of this jar. Measuring 7.25"w x 12.25"h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
The Yellow Matte Glaze was created with the intention of designing a smooth, “soft” surface on the pots that would be a change from the glossy finishes typical in the Owen family of glazes. From looking at surfaces created during the wood firing process, Ben wanted to recreate a similar surface but with the option to make it uniform or add an accent by spraying on the clay surface. The yellow pigment is made from iron oxide and the matte finish is created from the use of magnesium and strontium in the glaze.
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).