Three crackle glazed flower vases, each with a different hue determined by the red iron oxide levels in the glaze. I throw these with soft, slightly undulating rims – worked to a sharp edge. While the rims look as if they curl in slightly, they are indeed made very straight, the small curve is merely the thickness of glaze settling after flowing downward away from the top during the firing. The glaze gets thicker and more crazed towards the base as it all fluxes when the kiln nears cone eight and further.
The flowers and stems placed inside really set the pots off, with these now gone from my possession I wish I had spent longer using them functionally for myself – luckily my mother owns one so it hasn’t gone far. I plan to make more of these amongst other pots over the next few weeks as the studio slows down a little over the summer. Along with vases I want to make more plates, storage jars and cups, some handled some not.
I can’t quite believe how quickly these last two years have gone, my formal apprenticeship comes to an end in just under two months time. While I’ll still be continuing at Maze Hill Pottery for a further year, I’ll have two days a week to focus solely on my own style of work – more if I include weekends. It’s been difficult in someways, focusing almost entirely on a range of work that isn’t your own, but its been brilliant for increasing my throwing ability and overall technical skill as well as gaining a deep understanding of how to run a pottery. I’m looking forward to producing more of my own pots and taking a slight step-back from the intensive workload of being an apprentice, even if the same effort is put back into my own pots it’ll make for a pleasant change.
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