The Melon Gourd Vase is a perfect example of the influence of Nature in Ben III’s form and design. Ben Owen III often gathers ideas for pottery forms from the natural environment around him. This Melon Gourd Vase reflects that organic influence. The form is thrown on the potter's wheel and then altered into a melon-like shape to create a unique design.
The Natural Ash Glaze is produced from the hardwood and pine burned during this kiln firing. Each firing is unique, and the placement of the vase inside the kiln as well as the types of wood chosen to burn all influence the outcome of the glaze color and texture. Each piece is truly individualized. Measuring 7.5”w x 15.5”h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
The Natural Ash Glaze is produced by relying on the wood-firing process as the glazing agent. Most pieces dedicated to this glaze are placed in the kiln with little or no glaze applied to the exterior. During the firing process, the wood is occasionally stirred in the firebox to give flight to the flakes of ash produced during the firing. When these small flakes become airborne, they cling to the exposed areas of the pots and accumulate over a period of time. As the kiln reaches about 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, the wood ash will liquefy and begin to run down the side of the pots, as if one had poured honey on the vase.
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2021).