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SIDE-FIRED FLATTENED BOTTLE, #3164: $95

Just in time to celebrate my 40th anniversary of pottery-making.

Here's a baker's dozen of works that have surrounded me for much of the last two decades....informing my aesthetic, challenging me to better works, and functioning as my study collection and continuing education.

Early in my career I developed a "taste" for long-wood-fired work, but did not have a setting in which I thought I could build a wood kiln. In an attempt to work within my limitations, I 'invented' a way of side-firing that had many of the characteristics and qualities of the long-fired wood-fired pots that I most admired.

I wrote about this formative firing experience for Ceramics Monthly magazine. The article is entitled, "Side-Firing: Where The Life Is", and was published in the April 1996 issue of CM, along with a beautiful cover photo. You can find this article on my web site if you click on the "my writings" link and then scroll down for the article by this title.

Sometimes pieces just set themselves apart...sometimes every possible thing that can go right -- among the scores and scores of variables -- DOES "go right"....and we are left with works that are better than we could have ever made...........if all those variables were left in our control. On these occasions, I've tended to hang onto the works until I thought that I'd learned all that I could from them.

With respect to these pieces, I always feel more like a receiver than a maker.

No matter how long I keep them, there is still something elusive about them....because of the complexities of combustion chemistry and the firing dynamics of high-temperature-atmospheric firings.
I never fully figure them out.

But there comes a time when it is right to pass them along to someone else who might gain some insight from them.

Now's the time.....is this one meant for you?


This BOTTLE measures 12.5 inches tall.

Firing Process: Enamels
Type of Work: baking pieces

 

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