A unique wheel thrown flower vase by potter, Elizabeth McAdams. Made with iron-rich stoneware and glazed in a wood-fired glaze, Pumpkin. This vase is the perfect size for a beautiful bouquet of fresh or dried flowers. This glaze has a beautiful array of colors including pale yellow, golden yellow, pale and dark orange. Beautiful, unique, handmade. Measuring 6.5”w x 8.25”h. (4.5” diameter at top of vase)
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
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. Salt introduced to the kiln near the end of the firing can create a surface on the pots that may resemble the texture of an orange peel. This was an early glaze used by settlers during the 19th century in the Seagrove area.
Ash glazes allow us to “let the kiln be the paintbrush” by relying on the wood-firing process as the glazing agent. Most pieces dedicated to Ash glazing are placed in the kiln with little to no glaze applied to the exterior. During the firing process, the wood is stirred occasionally in the firebox to give flight to the flakes of ash that are produced during the firing. Airborne ash flakes cling to the exposed areas of the pot and accumulate over time. As the kiln reaches 2300° Fahrenheit, the accumulated ashes begin to melt and form a natural glaze. When the wood-burning kiln is heated to over 2400°, the wood ash liquefies and runs down the side of the pot like honey. Ash may also be layered over other glazes.
Elizabeth McAdams is a North Carolina native that grew up on her family’s farm in Efland, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington and graduated with a degree in Studio Art and a minor in Art History in 2012. During that time, she focused on painting and drawing, but also took a few pottery classes. She worked as a wedding floral designer in Wilmington, NC for five years after graduating, and during that time, found clay again and began taking classes at a local community arts center and joined the local Clay Guild. She decided she wanted to pursue her passion for Clay further and did a year-long wood firing ceramics residency at Cub Creek Foundation under Director John Jessiman, in Appomattox,Va. during 2018. Her time there was a catalyst for a deepened appreciation of pottery and furthering her exploration in clay.
In 2019, she participated in the working artist program at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. During the summer of 2019, she was a studio assistant at a craft school, Sugar Maples, in Maplecrest, NY. From the fall of 2019 to the fall of 2021, she apprenticed for potter Silvie Granatelli in Floyd, VA, which enabled her to learn what life would be like working as a full-time potter and began her business Elizabeth McAdams Pottery, selling wares at various craft shows and online.
She continued her journey in Floyd, Va working as the pottery studio manager at the Floyd Center for the Arts from fall of 2021 to spring of 2022. During that time, she took a last minute opportunity to work as a studio assistant in the pottery studio for the summer of 2022 at Peters Valley School of Craft in Sandyston, NJ. It was there that she met Ben Owen and helped assist in the workshop that he did firing the Anagama kiln. Elizabeth began working for Ben Owen Pottery in October 2022 as a studio assistant and retail manager. Elizabeth enjoys creating patterns and designs on her wares and is deeply influenced by her love of elements and designs found in nature.
This piece is hand-signed by Elizabeth McAdams with the signature McAdams.