Running Landscape Vase 2 was a pleasure to make. I throw a cylinder on the potter’s wheel from an iron bearing stoneware clay. When the clay is still quite soft, just firm enough to manipulate without it collapsing, I remove the cylinder from the bat and put it 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, which allows me to elongate the wall by stretching it.
This Running Landscape Vase 2 flows in complementary angles. It is narrow, yes; but, it is wide enough to accommodate flowers. I like to think of the flowers moving as across the landscape.
I fired the 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 rim and a minimum of glaze running downward. I wanted to keep the surface quite. 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 lined with a blue-green celedon glaze.
Compare to Taos Oval Vase
7”H x 13″long