This form is heavily influenced by the Mei Peng style vases made early in Chinese clay culture. Ben Owen III often gathers ideas for pottery forms from the natural environment around him. This Melon Egg Vase reflects that organic influence. The vase is thrown on the potter's wheel and then altered into a melon-like shape to create a unique design.
This glaze is a blend of a copper glaze and the natural ash accumulation from the wood firing process. Micro-crystals have formed on the surface of the piece during the slow cooling of the kiln. Measuring 4.75”w x 6"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).