I made Purple Rain 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 twisted finial adds height and an element of intrigue. 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.
I created the surface on Purple Rain by first pouring a purple matte glaze over the full body of the pot, allowing it to flow over the curves. Next I lined the interior with a gold glaze and dipped the top 1/4 of the pot into the gold glaze as well. Once this overlap is completely dry, I dip just the neck and rim in a green glaze. This creates an overlap with the purple and gold; and the melding that results in the kiln is quite dramatic. Daubing gold glaze over the surface with a fat, round paint brush, creates a floral melody over the surface. Lastly, I fire the piece in oxidation in my electric kiln to 2200 degrees F.
Use Purple Rain as a jar or vase. Accent any table, entry way, or shelf. Create a stellar floral arrangement and you have a stunning centerpiece. You can use it as a storage jar, but why not simply enjoy the way it captures the imagination?
11″ High x 9″ Diameter
See also Blue Divine