Started with a ball of wet terracotta; three small balls were made at the same time for the feet; left to dry slowly under loose plastic until leather-hard; the top was cut straight off and the inside was hollowed both top and bottom; a lip was fashioned with the carve-out clay to hold the lid on the bottom and attached with a little slip; the outside was cut into and the cuts were broken off to leave the jagged edges you see; a light blue engobe was applied to the inside; left to dry to bone dry then bisqued; iron oxide stain was applied lightly to emphasize the textures; glaze-fired to CONE 04.

Dimensions: H – 7cm x W – 6cm x D – 5cm

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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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