Pear Vase in Yellow Matte and Ash Glazes, 30"h (Ben Owen III)
Pear Vase in Yellow Matte and Ash Glazes, 30"h (Ben Owen III)
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Pear Vase in Yellow Matte and Ash Glazes, 30"h (Ben Owen III)

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   This vase is a result of Ben’s influence from shapes and forms during his fellowship in Japan in 1995.  Ben’s grandfather made a variation of this form as well. 
   The Natural Ash glaze on this vase was developed during the firing process as the wood ash floated toward the ceiling of the kiln and fell back down onto the hot clay.  The wood ash melts as it touches the hot clay body and becomes its own, natural glaze.  The Yellow Matte glazes were applied to the piece before loading the kiln and the Natural Ash glaze that developed during the firing provides the fluid movement for beautiful glaze drips.  Measuring 15”w x 30”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 stirred occasionally in the firebox to give flight to the flakes of ash that are produced during the firing.  When these small flakes become airborne, they cling to the exposed areas of the pots and accumulate over 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 Yellow Matte Glaze was created with the intent to design a smooth, “soft” surface on the pots that would be a change from the glossy finishes typical in the Owen family of glazes.  From looking at surfaces created during the wood firing process, Ben wanted to recreate a similar surface but with the option to make it uniform or add an accent by spraying on the clay surface.  The yellow pigment is made from iron oxide and the matte finish is created from the use of magnesium and strontium in the glaze.

This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2021).