Porcelain and Stoneware 2017
This body of functional ceramics is my most current work, produced from June to August 2017. All of the pieces are soda firing, a process where a mixture of hot water and sodium carbonate is sprayed into the kiln at high temperature. The soda turns into a vapour and is carried with the flame and extreme heat. It reacts with the clays and glazes to produce a wide range of colours and surface effects.
The blue/green pieces are made with porcelain and have a copper based glaze applied to the exterior. This combination results in a bright white surface that displays a myriad of brilliant colours from the combination of soda and glaze.
The brown pieces are made with an iron rich stoneware clay that reacts strongly to the soda vapours. It can produce a range of reds and browns, rivulets of gold, blue and black and grey surfaces reminiscent of granite.