The amazing thing about networking is sometimes offers come your way that seem too good to pass up, these two pieces are related to such an offer. Through a tea forum I have had access to conversations with several well respected teaware artisans, one of which gave me the offer that if I could get some pieces bisque fired to send them off to him to be glazed and fired in his wood kiln. I choose these two guinomi.
This first piece started a bit of pinch work forming the indentation in the center, then I carved out the rest of the piece. It was finished off by Shawn at Greenwood Studios in his wood kiln, and these photos are taken by him as I have been horribly remiss in snapping photos.
These last two photos are from a piece I carved completely by hand from a block of clay. This was placed in a "special" part of the kiln known for creating intense firing effects, which is seen by the huge amount of ash bullets built up on this piece.