I made Pocket 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 a flatter, elongated slot if you will; and then attached a floor. Sounds easy, right? Well, it takes a bit of massaging to get the piece to line up without overworking it. I find the process quite pleasing and the result satisfying.
In this piece, the softness of the clay settled, giving an asymmetrical “anvil” shape perhaps. I left the body bare with just some slip decoration and energetic brushwork. The interior is glazed and the vase is water tight.
Cut your favorite crop of flowers to suit the height of the vase and spread them along the length of the piece. A row of Irises or daffodils would look stellar against the rustic tones of Pocket Vase. Set off a shelf, table top, or nook with the poetic charm of this wood fired vase.
7″ High x 6-8.5″ Long x 1″ Deep
Compared to Oval Vase
Find me on the plaza in Santa Fe, June 6-7 for Challenge, NM Arts and Crafts Festival. Booth W1 at the monument.