I made Blue Divine on the potter’s wheel from a tan stoneware clay body and I made the lid separately, using a caliper for measurement. Seated lid with a flange that drops down into the neck of the pot. A fan shaped finial, my signature twist, echoes the shape of the pot exquisitely. I approach the making of each finial much like I approach my brushwork: Each must be made in a spontaneous, fluid, motion to capture the energy of the moment naturally. I make several finials for each piece, as they tend to get more and more lyrical as I go; and then I choose the best.
I created the surface on Blue Divine by first pouring a floating blue glaze over the full body of the pot, allowing it to layer and flow over the curves. Next I lined the interior with a gold glaze and dipped the top of the pot into the gold glaze as well. This creates an overlap with the blue and the melding that results in the kiln is dazzling. Daubing gold glaze over the surface with a fat, round paint brush, creates a modulated floral melody over the surface. Lastly, I fire the piece in oxidation in my electric kiln to 2200 degrees F.
Use Blue Divine as a jar or vase. Accent any table, entry way, or shelf. Create a stellar floral arrangement and set off any centerpiece. You can use it as a storage jar, but why not simply enjoy the way it captures the imagination?
10″ High to top of finial x 8″ Diameter at the widest point.
See also Purple Rain