Fifteen years ago I was introduced to ceramics.  I imediately became obsessed with it and spent many, many months working with the medium seeing how far I could push it.  I found experimenting was really where I excelled.  I can throw clay just fine.  Most of the vessels I throw I call "sterile" vessels.  In other words they are just forms I use to experiment with glazes on.  About a decade ago I was rakauing and saw a small bump on a piece of pottery I liked.  The bump couldn't have been any bigger then a quarter inch round.  I took the time to analyze and understand exactly what had happend and why there was this anomaly.  It took time and experimentation, but I finally had a breakthrough.  I will never forget when I pulled the pot out of the rakau reduction chamber to see it for the first time.  It was amazing.  It looked like rivers of fire and lava.  I entitled the glaze "Lava Rust" and have been playing with it ever since.  It is incredibly versitile but can be extremely tempermental.  It sure is worth it though.  I never get tired looking at the various results.  Thoes blisters?  They are rock hard, not fragile at all.  What a blast!

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Blister.jpg

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All in One.jpg

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Lava Rust.jpg

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Two Pots 3.jpg

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Fracture.jpg

Tectonic

Tectonic

Lava Rust

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