A classic egg-shaped vase that has been made for three generations of Ben III’s family, and, one of the most popular forms that Ben Owen III enjoys creating. This form is heavily influenced by the Mei Peng style of vase design made early in Chinese clay culture. Ben altered the upper portion of this vase to create interest and add a modern approach to a traditional form. After turning the vase on the potter's wheel, when the clay is "leather hard", Ben presses into the clay to alter its form. Measuring 4.25”w x 6.25”h.
Please Note: What appears to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
The Cabernet Glaze is a variation of the Chinese Blue Glaze but made with only one type of copper to achieve the pigment. The influences from making the Cabernet, or Copper Red, glazes originated from the Ming Dynasty type of pottery in China, in the 12th century, A.D. The red color is created by introducing carbon or depriving the atmosphere of oxygen early on in the firing process. Exposure to the smoky atmosphere converts the copper glaze from what would be a typical green glaze, to a wine-red color.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with year made (2020).