I made Oval Vase on the potter’s wheel from an iron bearing stoneware clay. I started the form as a cylinder without a bottom. Next I gently compressed the cylinder into an elongated oval if you will; and then attached a floor. I find the process quite pleasing and the result satisfying. The form feels wonderful in your hands.
Everything about this piece is strong and smooth. I am using a familiar glaze – Floating Blue, which I make – in different ways. This time, I poured and dipped the base Floating Blue glaze over the entire surface, which creates modulation or depth in color. Where the glaze is thicker, it tends to be a lighter or brighter blue and where it is thinner more towards a cobalt blue. Next, I overlapped some red gold at the upper portion of the form, hoping it would flow but not become too busy or noisy. It did not let me down, flowing in a lacy drapery of gold with bluish-purplish tones. Lately, I have taken up a fat paint brush and have been daubing red gold blobs in varying “diameters”, dancing over the surface without become too formulated, hopefully.
Wow. Oval Vase makes a great vase for any home. Cut your favorite crop of flowers to suit the height of the vase and let the oval do the arrangement. The presentation reminds me of a meadow somehow. A quiver of Irises or daffodils. Bold yellows would look stellar against the deep blues. Set off a shelf, table top, or nook with the poetic charm of this wood fired vase.
Great wedding, anniversary, birthday, housewarming gift too!
10″ High x 7″ Long x 3″ Deep
Compared to Pocket Vase