This vase is a result of visual influences from the natural environment. Ben Owen III often looks to nature and the world around him to create forms that provide the simplicity of shape before he refines the form with elegance on the potter’s wheel. This vase is a great example of the blend of Ben’s copper glaze and the natural ash accumulation from the wood firing process. With an intriguing blend of art-decorative glazing and a primal approach to form, this Patina Green Gourd Vase will be a favored piece in any home. Measuring 8.25”w x 16”h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
The Patina Green Glaze was first developed by Ben III, in the early 1990s while in college at East Carolina, as a glossy forest green made from the pigment copper. When testing the glaze in the wood kilns back home at the family pottery, the results were strikingly different with many variations of color and surface. If fired in the wood kiln with no salt added to the firing, the color will be a darker green with small crystals on the surface. If finished in a wood and salt firing, the salt will brighten the color and create more blue-green hues with random small crystals on the surface.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2021).