Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gem Number Four- A Stone behind Grass

This Gem is already with me for couple of weeks- I just could not find few free minutes, with good light, to take pictures of it. After all, it is not going anywhere. So finally here it is- unglazed shiboridashi with cup. It is very simple, just like a stone. It was fired in part of the kiln where, when temperature reaches its top, we throw in charcoal. It is technique full of surprices, but it usually creates earthy, matt or/and rusty colors and surfaces. On this fine, pale stoneware we sometimes find this kind of lovely, multicolored and pleasant to touch surface which you can see on this fourth Gem.

For descriptions and more pictures please click here. If this "Ten Gems of Ten Kilns" project is new to you, please read this post first.

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  1. Fantastic textures Petr! I love how the colorful patches reveal how the fire heat & smoke licked the bowl.The moment of making is frozen in this form.

  2. Thank you! You are right, frozen moment of making. I call it footprints of the fire...or as Masakazu Kusakabe says " When firing a kiln I am like painter, flame and wood are my brush and colors and ceramic piece is my canvas"