Pear Vase in Cobalt and Ash Glazes, 5.5"h (Ben Owen III)
Pear Vase in Cobalt and Ash Glazes, 5.5"h (Ben Owen III)
Pear Vase in Cobalt and Ash Glazes, 5.5"h (Ben Owen III)
Pear Vase in Cobalt and Ash Glazes, 5.5"h (Ben Owen III)
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Pear Vase in Cobalt and Ash Glazes, 5.5"h (Ben Owen III)

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   Ben III’s Cobalt glaze settles well in the intentional lines and beautifully contrasts the rich golden-orange, tan and brown colors that develop naturally from the wood kiln firing process.  The Natural Ash glaze that has formed along the surface of this vessel in conjunction with the cobalt glaze truly makes this Edo Jar a one-of-a-kind piece of art.  The joy of wood firing is encompassed by this bottle.  Measuring 3.75”w x 5.5”h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.

MultiLayer Glazes
   While Ben III was in college in the 1990s, he was introduced to a spraying technique with an air-driven spray gun that some potters use to build up layers of glazes on the clay surface.  With some experimenting, he was able to create a variety of finishes using accents of three or four different colors and using an ash glaze as a top coat to blend or bleach the underlying colors.  Some finishes are a base of iron yellow with cobalt blue or copper green covered with orange to silver developing from the overlapping colors. Each pot is unique.  As a similar process to Natural Ash Glazes, Ben III frequently places these finishes in the wood kiln to accentuate the colors as well.

   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.

   The Cobalt Blue glaze has been used by the Owen family for over four generations.  Early salt glaze wares made in the late 1800s were decorated with a cobalt blue glaze over the grey salt finish.  Over the past 50 years, Ben Owen Pottery has made some cobalt-glazed pieces using a uniform coating of the glaze on the surface of the pots.  Today, Ben uses a glaze similar to the older, original glaze.  This newer Cobalt Blue is glossy and reveals a depth to the finish.  Sometimes, the Cobalt Blue is used to accentuate pieces that are fired in the wood kiln.  These are called multi-layered glazes. 

This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2022).