A distinct design influenced by Ben III’s time in China. This decorative style is commonly seen in ceramic art from the 9th century Tang Dynasty and also Yue wares. The small handles on the shoulder of this Two-Handled Vase embellish the form in a similar approach to the ancient design work.
The Nebular Purple is a recent experimental glaze creation developed during test runs of Ben III’s Cobalt glazes within a wood kiln atmosphere. The slow cooling of the kiln creates the light purple micro-crystals on the surface.
The Nebular Purple is a recent experimental glaze creation developed during test runs of Ben III’s Cobalt glazes within a wood kiln atmosphere. The slow cooling of the kiln creates the light purple micro-crystals on the surface. Measuring 36”h x 19.5”w.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.
Ben Owen Pottery developed the Micro-Crystal Glaze series over several years, manipulating materials with the potential to create unique surfaces and patterns that can be seen in nature. Some outcomes resemble lichen on stone or mold growth on wood. Other Micro-Crystal Glazes render scenes similar to blue jellyfish floating in still blue waters, a view of a collection of cells through a microscope, or the majestic nebular formations telescopic images portray. To achieve this rare find, the kiln temperature is meticulously controlled as it rises AND as it falls, to encourage micro-crystal growth at specific temperatures and render this stunning final product. The glaze is applied by carefully airbrushing multiple layers of complementary glazes. The presence of titanium- and zinc-rich ingredients promotes crystal development, while cobalt tints the crystals blue. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind glaze!
This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2020).