I made Purple Rain 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 natural and comfortable in your hands.
Everything about this piece is strong and smooth. I am using a combination of glazes I have come to call “Purple Rain”. I start by dipping exterior of the piece in a bucket of purple matte glaze that I make. When this has dried, I dip the upper 1/4 of the vase in a red gold glaze. This time, I chose to go on an angle. Lastly, I overlap again by half, dipping into a copper green glaze that I make. The result is a sheeting effect where the purplish blue and greens. Like rain. Purple Rain. Ha. And lately I have taken to daubing here and there and maybe trailing with the red gold glaze because those spots fire out bright blue in the kiln and create a nice foil, a little poetry at times, or just a little something.
Wow. Purple Rain 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 quiver of Irises or daffodils. Bold yellows would look stellar against the purple and greens. Set off a shelf, table top, or nook with the poetic charm of this wood fired vase.
Great wedding, anniversary, birthday, housewarming gift too!
7″ High x 9″ Long x 3″ Deep
See also Taos Oval Vase