JT Jar Vase


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I made JT Jar Vase 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 twisted finial sets off 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.  Here is a fully expressed “globe” shape.  Robust and pleasing.

I created the surface of the pot by first staining the lower 3/4 of the pot with a red iron oxide.  Next I dip the upper 1/4 of the pot in a red gold glaze.  Once this glaze is completely dry, I overlap the red gold by dipping halfway on the glaze with a copper green glaze that I make.  The glaze moves in the firing, with the copper green both melding and pushing the red gold.  I call this surface treatment “Joshua Tree”, “JT” for short.  Fascinating modulations of greens and golds and browns.

I fire the piece in oxidation in my electric kiln to 2200 degrees F.  It’s water tight!  Strong and durable as well.

Use JT Jar Vase 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?

11″ High to top of finial x 9″ Diameter

See also Big Ginger

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