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Fire Mountain vase:  wood-fired with natural ash and flame finish

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Fire Mountain vase: wood-fired with natural ash and flame finish

Fire Mountain vase:  wood-fired with natural ash and flame finish
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This striking vase was hand-thrown on the wheel and left to dry for several days until the clay became leatherhard. It was then carefully carved and textured to give it a rock-like surface. The piece was fired in an unglazed state to 1300 degrees centigrade in a Japanese-designed wood kiln. Being placed right in the mouth of the firebox, it was blasted for hours by the white-hot flames and ash, and this has produced the wonderful cracks and fissures and natural variations in colour. As the Japanese would say, it has excellent "clay flavour".

Because of the deep reds and oranges and the pattern of carving, I decided to call this piece the "Fire Mountain" vase.

It is fully waterproof and can be used to display fresh flowers. Measures just over 5 inches tall by approx. 4.5 inches wide and carries Mark Smalley's personal symbol to the base. Two small firing scars have been cosmetically repaired with a low-fire, golden enamel. In Japan, similar repairs made with lacquer resin and gold powder are known as "kintsugi", something which is considered to enhance the beauty and character of a ceramic piece.

UK postage and packing for this item will be at a fixed cost of £5.00 for economy delivery by courier. A small extra charge will be required for remote area postcodes IM, HS, ZE.


Contemporary Japanese ceramics

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This item will be posted to you by Birchcroft Ceramics within 3 days of receiving payment.

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