I love this soda fired pot. A special firing technique that is recently introduced in the KAC studio. This was an experimental pot I made to see how colors and patterns turn out in the soda firing. The morning sun gleaming on the pot through the freezing weather of Kirkland makes this piece look stunning!
Neel Saagar = Blue Ocean in English. The waves and the color on this pot reminds me of the Blue Ocean.
‘Mystic’s Plate’ with a mystical message. Look deep…
जयन्ति ये सुकृतिनः रस-सिद्धाः कवीश्वराः ।
नास्ति तेषां यशःकाये जरा-मरणजं भयम् ॥
Fill for me a brimming bowl
And in it let me drown my soul
– John Keats
Pleased with the texture and color of these bowls. Obviously the evening sunlight is making them look more beautiful.
What you get out of the kiln is always a gift. Even though the potter works on the piece, when it goes into the kiln there is always a sense of detachment and opening the kiln after the firing always feels like unwrapping a gift. Sometimes you like what’s in the box and sometimes you don’t. I like this gift from the fire god… a beautiful hypnotic pattern in the bowl.
Obvara (Ab-Vara, or so I’m told) is a 19th-20th century Belarussian technique involving scalding the finish on the pottery to seal the porous surface. The bisqued piece is heated to approx 1650 F and removed and dunked into the Obvara mixure and then dunked in water to rapidly cool the piece.
In pottery even the potter is a medium through which the forces of nature work their magic.
Through the fire, better than ever. The texture is made with a bottle opener :). All it takes is patience and a little bit of imagination.
Another one of my pit fired pot. I love the metallic finish accentuated by the cross of dark lines
These are called ‘Madike’ in the native language and are used to store water in summer.
Pottery to me is meditative and addictive. It’s a humbling relationship with Earth & Fire and sometimes out of a creative meditation comes such a piece of beauty. Probably this is my best creation of the season.