I made JT Horseshoe Vase on the potter’s wheel from a toasty brown stoneware clay. I start from a cylinder with no bottom. When the clay is still quite soft, just firm enough to manipulate without it collapsing, I remove the cylinder from the bat and put it on a ware board. Now the fun begins. With one hand on either side of the cylinder I gently but firmly move the cylinder inward. My goal is to reference the sides of a canyon or southwestern palisade perhaps. I enjoy the smoothness of the wall and the softness, and I handle the clay as little as possible, allowing it to “move into place” with the least amount of effort.
This JT Horseshoe Vase takes the form of a “U”, roughly and is intended to reference the natural landscape. Drop your favorite bouquet of flowers and easily distribute throughout the canyon walls. I like to think of the flowers springing up from the landscape.
I call the surface treatment “Joshua Tree” because the combination of earthy red iron oxide with subtle glazes somehow reminds me of Joshua Tree National Forest. Go figure. I start by rubbing red iron oxide into the clay. Next I dip the upper portion in a red gold matte glaze, but only the upper third. Also, the interior is lined with red gold glaze. I then overlap the red gold with a copper green glaze that I make. This creates a sheeting, mirrored effect over the earthiness of the red iron.
Fired to 2200 degrees F. Water tight. Stable and durable. Makes a great wedding, anniversary, housewarming, or anytime gift.
See also JT Landscape Vase
8.25”H x 6.25″L x 2″Deep