It started with a pinch-pot; the bottom was tapped into a foot shape then scored for texture; when leather-hard, the lid was carved out and the handle attached and textured; after a little more drying, it was burnished; dried to bone dry and bisqued; the lid was stained with iron oxide, the sides doted with a variety of glazes; glaze-fired to cone 04.

Dimensions (with lid on): H – 15cm x W – 7cm x D – 7cm

Available to own: $50cnd (plus any applicable shipping and handling)

My mentor’s prompt: this series was to create ceramic boxes that could contain treasures from our lives, including memories and experiences. They were all to be between 3″ and 12″ tall. Originally focusing on form, over the finish, and using a variety of hand-building techniques: pinch-pot, slab, coil, and/or carved. We were quickly given the greater choice of engobes, stains, & glazes, but I had already built my series to focus on form. The finishes are the proverbial icing on the cake. I pushed these colour choices to emphasize contrasts and build tension, but not distract from the forms and textures.

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