As I indicated in an earlier post, I gave up ceramics 10 years ago for more earthly concerns and by a twist of fate I found myself taking night classes at the local craft school. At the time my basic intention was to find someplace outside of french classes to practices and expand my french. And as anybody who has spent serious time trying to learn a new language knows: a familiar subject / context helps. So I though what better way to expand my french than take a pottery class? I knew a thing or to about pottery so I was sure that I would not have that weird out of body sensation of where the hell am I.
There I found myself “confined” to cone 6 oxidation with a stable of school glazes that were, well to be polite, less than edifying. So I started experimenting with simple 50-50 ash / stock glazes. The results ranged from oh shit thats not the future to wow that is simply beautiful. Below is what I think is one such example. The vase was wheel thrown, altered and brushed with oxides. To which is a sprayed 50-50 unwashed but 120 mesh strained ash and faux celedon glaze.