Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I have been remiss in posting lately, and I have had this little cup for over a month now, which I purchased before I learned that the artist is the teacher, and operator of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts anagama kiln. The outside of this piece shows remarkably well how much wood ash can accumulate on a piece during wood firing. As the only glaze on this piece is a Shino on the interior to help make it food safe. The entire "glaze" on the outside consists solely of deposits from the wood ash, which on one side creates a very thick and glass like surface, and on the other side a very thin layer, that feels almost pock marked, with little hills and valleys.
If there is one thing that absolutely fascinates me about pottery, but I have never seen any well documented guidelines regarding, would be the thermal properties of pottery pieces. This piece, feeling of average thickness, and sort of glazed is an incredible finger burner when holding near boiling liquids. But besides that the large smooth graceful curls working their way up the sides are great, and add a very funny comfortable texture to the piece.
Julie makes quite a variety of wonderful wood fired pieces, while I do not think she has an outlet to sell online, her website is http://www.newgrangepottery.com/ .