This one has two components: the pinch-pot lid and the slab-built vase; the lid was made by with two pinch-pots fuzed into a sphere and cut when leather hard into the shape os a small basket; the vase is from a very thin slab, attached only with a little water and tapped gently at the base to form a closed bottom; both parts were left to dry slowly to leather-hard together; a damp sponge was used to smooth out seams; the basket-lid was scored for texture; the vase base was lightly burnished; a light blue engobe was painted inside the basket-lid; left to dry to bone dry and bisqued; the basket-lid has a matte white crawl glaze inside and rutile stain outside; the vase-base has mossy green glaze inside and iron oxide outside; glaze fired to cone 04.

The goal of this one was to deliver a surprise when a curious viewer would lift the lid and see the bright beautiful green inside.

Dimensions (with lid on): H – 17cm x W – 10cm x D – 10cm

Available to own: $100cnd (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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