Slab built; starting with very wet and thin slabs, that slump into organic shapes; often done with leftover scraps of slabs from larger works, attached with a little slip; left to dry to leather-hard then the whole surface was rubbed with a damp sponge to smooth out seams and lift some of the grog to the surface; dried slowly to bone dry and bisqued; the inside has a glossy white glaze, the outside and top were brushed with a mossy green glaze, the rest rubbed with iron oxide; glaze fired to Cone 04.

Dimensions (with lid on): H – 10cm x W – 27cm x D – 7cm

Available to own: $200cnd (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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