Double Walled Vessels 2018
The walls of the Ryōan-ji Garden in Kyoto are made of clay, which has over time developed a patina of subtle ochre, taupe and grey shades.
Firing unglazed Ironstone and Los Altos clays in strong reduction in a gas kiln causes the clay to react with the atmosphere in the kiln and emulate such weathered surfaces.
These vessels were all fired in the same firing and there is a marked difference in the colour of the clay from one side to the other - the darker side is where reduction was stronger and the lighter side indicates greater local oxidation. Vessel 4 shows the strongest reduction and is the darkest.
The interplay of the seemingly weathered surface on the precise geometrical forms of these double walled vessels creates a tension between the ordered, predictable curve of the form and the random marking of the surface. The appearance of the variegated matte glaze on the interior is influenced by the form and also by the direction of the flame and the atmosphere in the kiln. Thus, the selection of glaze and the firing technique impart a random element to an ordered symmetrical form.
The interiors of the works are glazed with a 'weathered' matte glaze which exhibits shades of white, cream and grey and sometimes touches of blue and ochre.
The works were thrown on the wheel from one piece of clay. The clay is pushed out from the centre of the wheel to form a circle. A finger is pushed down into the centre of the circle forming a trough. The two walls of the trough are thrown to create an inner and an outer wall, which are shaped using a variety of ribs.
The vessels hold water and, while they may be enjoyed purely as sculptural objects, they may be used as vases.
Dimensions in Centimetres
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