This vase is hand built by my clinker process, reminiscent of the overlapping planks of wood used in traditional clinker boat building. Here I have kept the strips of clay quite large and thick, as this creates a difference in surface between the bulk of the piece and the shadows under each strip where it is protected from wood ash. The pot is asymmetric in shape as then you can enjoy different profiles depending on the viewing angle - made more interesting by the markings on the clay also not being symmetrical.
All wood fired pieces are fired in a classical anagama kiln. They are placed unglazed into the kiln, which is fired for 10 days up to almost 1300 degrees (Celsius), and then the kiln is shut up and left to cool for a week before it can be opened up. All texture and colour on the clay is a result of the play of the heat, flames and wood ash swirling around the kiln.
This clay is quite light in colour, and forms subtle straw and grey colours when fired, as opposed to the strong reds of the other clay I use. This gives the piece a gentle, subtle feel.
The piece has had a transparent matt glaze applied to the inside, to ensure that it is fully watertight.