The Tang Vase is a classic form made by Ben Owen III. The two-handled jar has been a signature shape influenced by early Asian forms made during the Tang Dynasty. The curvature of the vase provides a lovely accent for crystal growth.
The Blue Crystalline glaze is one of Ben’s newest developments. The crystals are formed inside the kiln during the cooling process and are tinted with cobalt and iron pigments. Due to the unique chemical properties during crystal formation, no two crystals are alike. This glaze lends itself to creating completely individualized pieces. Measuring 7.5”w x 12.5"h.
Please Note: What appears to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
The Crystalline Glaze series was carefully developed over several years. Ben Owen III methodically manipulated various glaze materials for the potential to create unique surfaces and patterns that are reflective of natural scenery in our world's environment. Some outcomes resemble lichen on stone, lily pads floating along a lake or pond, and even blue jellyfish floating in deep ocean waters.
To achieve this rare find, the kiln temperature is meticulously controlled as it rises AND as it falls, to encourage crystalline growth at specific temperatures. The glaze is applied by carefully airbrushing multiple layers of complementary glazes. The presence of titanium- and zinc-rich ingredients promotes crystal development, while various pigments tint the crystals. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind glaze!
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with year made (2020).