As you can read in the mentor’s prompt, one of the directives was to use coils; not my favourite method. I had to make it different somehow, as all I could think of was a coil pot. Even if I closed it on both sides, to me it remained only a cylinder; how could I make this a box? Then I thought I could turn it on its side!

The whole thing is coil built; then I made the decision to use terra sigillata to cover the red terracotta clay (I won’t do that again. At that early stage of the project, we weren’t allowed to use different glazes and stains); the inside was coated with an orange engobe (also not a choice I’ll repeat – ugly colour); [Note to self – remake this and leave it uncovered by engobes]; when leather hard, I cut the lid (not as carefully as usual, but efficiently, nonetheless); did engobe touch-ups and let dry to done dry, then bisqued; added rutile oxide to surface and a little white crawl glaze to handle; electric glaze fired to cone 04.

Dimensions (with lid on): H – 18cm x W – 13cm x D – 13cm

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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