I made Running Cliffs Vase on the potter’s wheel using an iron bearing stoneware clay. First, I throw a large cylinder with no bottom. When the clay is just firm enough to move without collapsing, I put the on a ware board. Now the fun begins. With one hand on either side of the cylinder I gently but firmly move the cylinder inward. My goal is to create the walls of a canyon, or, the sides of a southwestern palisade. I enjoy the smoothness of the wall and the softness, and I handle the clay as little as possible, allowing it to “fall into place”.
This vase flows in complementary angles. It will accommodate a running bouquet of flowers distributed throughout the inner canyon. I like to think of the flowers moving as a meadow across the landscape.
I fired Running Cliffs Vase for 34 hours in the wood burning kiln I built 10 years ago on my property. The exterior of the pot is bare with a yellow salt glaze running across the breadth of the form in striations. The intense heat from the wood firing and contact with flame creates a subtly modulated deep browns and reds over the surface of the piece. The interior is dark from the charcoal landing inside. Water tight.
Compare to Landscape Vase
18″long x 6.5″ high x 2.25″ deep