JT Jar


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I made JT Jar 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-shape finial with my signature twist completes 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.  In this case, I echo the finial with decorative “handles” on either side of the jar.

I call this surface decoration “Joshua Tree”, “JT” for short.  Starting by rubbing red iron oxide into the surface of the lower 3/4 of the pot.  Next I dip the upper 1/4 of the pot in a red gold glaze; and use the same glaze to line the interior of the pot.  Once the red gold glaze has completely dried, I dip over the glaze, but only about 1/2 way.  The glaze is going to move in the firing!  The result is a feathering of the two glazes and a fascinating modulation of greens, browns, and golds.

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 as a cookie jar or canister.  Or why not a vase?  A smaller arrangement of red or purple flowers could be stunning!  Simply enjoy the way this piece captures the imagination.

9″ High to top of finial x 7″ Diameter at the widest point.

See also JT Jar Vase

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