Some new results from our recent kiln firing of the Stardust Yellow matte microcrystalline glaze. A great balance of the yellow micro-crystals over the earth-toned background glaze.
This vase is a result of Ben’s influence from shapes and forms in nature. With an organic, from-the-Earth feel, this Gourd Vase fuses tradition with modernity. The gourd design is a form that Ben’s grandfather made as well. The curvature of the vase provides a lovely accent for the matte micro-crystal growth. Fully functional or for display purposes. Measuring 5.5”w x 9"h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
Ben Owen Pottery developed the Micro-Crystal Glaze series over several years, manipulating materials with the potential to create unique surfaces and patterns that can be seen in nature. Some outcomes resemble lichen on stone or mold growth on wood. Other Micro-Crystal Glazes display similarities to a view of a collection of cells through a microscope, or, the majestic nebular formations telescopic images portray.
To achieve this rare find, the 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. The glaze is applied by carefully airbrushing multiple layers of complementary glazes. The presence of titanium- and zinc-rich ingredients promotes crystal development, while various pigments tint the crystals. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind glaze!
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2023).