The Gourd 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 Blue Crystalline finish includes the pigments cobalt and iron to create a truly unique effect. This vase is fully functional and works well for use with fresh flowers. Dishwasher-safe. Measuring 4”w x 6"h.
Please Note: What appears to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
The Crystalline Glaze series was carefully developed over several years. Ben Owen III methodically manipulated various glaze materials for the potential to create unique surfaces and patterns that are reflective of natural scenery in our world's environment. Some outcomes resemble lichen on stone, lily pads floating along a lake or pond, and even blue jellyfish floating in deep ocean waters.
To achieve this rare find, the kiln temperature is meticulously controlled as it rises AND as it falls, to encourage crystalline growth at specific temperatures. 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 year made (2020).