Saturday, June 30, 2012

Window Into Another World - 82598C

With many of these platters, the rim was fairly large... sometimes over an inch wide. But with a select few, they were thrown hollow, with four to six inch wide rims. HUGE by pottery standards. In this case, if you flipped the platter over you would see the hollow-nature of the rim.

The glaze that was added to the center was originally supposed to be this wild acid green. What I didn't anticipate was that it would steal so much silica from the claybody. It kept turning it to glass, adding more material to the molten mix, and eventually, a lot of it recrystalized over the ultra-fluid layer below it. This tiny window into the inside of the melt is all that reveals this hidden nature of this glaze. Almost like a peephole into an entirely different world.

3 comments: said...

Fascinating! Its neat to be able to see the glaze in such close detail

alexander solla said...

If I had owned the tools I have now, back when I shot this (2006), I could have gotten even closer. To the point where the viewer would feel like they were about to touch the surface.

cookingwithgas said...

that one can steal your soul- what a beauty.