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