Magpie {40}

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Little wood fired stoneware bowl with celadon glaze, by Carl Gray

Here is another piece that I brought home from Potfest in the Pens. I really love Carl’s work. Like a lot of wood fired pots at first it appears so straightforward and simple. However there are additional layers of surface texture and glaze that take it to another level entirely. I meant to ask Carl for more detail about the bowl, but time slipped away so I emailed him instead. This is his reply after I described the marks it has on the base:

“The clay body is a general mix of my little bits of left over clay tests (the LB bit means it has a little La Borne clay in it). So, it will be a mix of various white stoneware clays (probably at least a third being Potclays New White Crank) and porcelains. The La Borne clay comes from France and has some iron it it. The bowl has has Limoges porcelain slip to the outside (there may be a pink blush on one side of the outside). The glaze is a blue celadon one but due to the iron in the clay body it will have lost much of its blue tinge and is probably a pale green. Wood fired for 13 hours to cone 12 in the Thoresby tunnel kiln.”

So… not simple at all… but effortlessly beautiful.

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One thought on “Magpie {40}

  1. I think that the beauty of pieces like this is that it almost looks effortless – like it naturally shaped itself into this serene shape. And yet if you know anything about clay you know how much effort had to be put into this!

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