Running Landscape Vase 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 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