The Bleached Patina Green glaze has a variety of colors as you look around the surface. The glaze on this vase is a great example of the bleaching effect that can occur from wood ash and also salt introduced to the atmosphere of a wood-fired kiln. The typical dark green color of Ben’s Patina Green is lightened to a pale green. The flashes of red are a result of firing the chamber inefficiently and allowing a buildup of carbon in the kiln atmosphere, thus reducing the copper glaze. A delight to see and a conversation piece, for sure. Measuring 7”w x 12"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 (2022).