I made JT Oval Vase on the potter’s wheel from an iron bearing stoneware clay. I start the form as a large cylinder without a bottom. Next I gently compress the cylinder and coax the walls gently into an elongated oval shape. And then I attach a floor. I find the process quite pleasing and the result satisfying. The form feels natural and comfortable in your hands.
Everything about this piece feels strong and textural. I am layering red gold and copper green glazes creating veils of texture over the upper portion of the surface. But first, I rub a red iron oxide into the bottom 3/4 of the pot. This is a permanent stain that fires out a deep red brown. I dip the upper portion of the vase in a red gold glaze. And then I overlap with a copper green glaze that I make, but only about a 1/4 of the way down the first glaze layer. It’s going to move in the firing! The vase is lined with the same red gold glaze. I call this 2-glaze combination and red iron stain, “Joshua Tree” or “JT” for short.
JT Oval Vase makes a great accent for any home. Cut your favorite flowers to suit the height of the vase and let the oval do the arrangement. The presentation reminds me of a meadow somehow. A run of Irises or daffodils or mixed wild flowers. Set off a shelf, table top, or nook with the intriguing charm of this landscape inspired vase.
Fired to 2200 degrees F. It’s water tight! Strong and durable too.
Makes a Great wedding, anniversary, birthday, housewarming gift too!
12″ L x 9″ H x 2.5″ D
See also Taos Oval Vase