Edo Jars forms made by Ben Owen III are heavily influenced by his time spent in Japan studying the Edo period in Japanese culture. The Copper Penny glaze developed accentuates the simplicity of form while allowing the decorative carved water lines to display clearly. It is a blend of iron, mica enriched clay, and the natural ash accumulation from the wood firing process. Unusual micro-crystals forming on the surface of the piece at the base are directly due to the slow-cooling of the kiln in the presence of the natural minerals in the clay and wood ash that collects along the clay surface.
A perfect vase for fresh or dried flowers. This piece displays beautifully in a grouping. Measuring 9.25”h x 6.25”w.
Please Note: What appears 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.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with year made (2020).