Wood Fired Zigzag Vessel in Lichen


This vessel was fired in the East Creek anagama, a 40' long kiln in Willamina, Oregon. This pot was unglazed on the exterior when it was put into the kiln; the surface colors and textures on this pot are created entirely by molten wood ash traveling through the kiln over the course of 5/6 days and nights, with phases of heating and cooling, which interacts with the clay body and creates the effects you see here. The kiln reach temperatures up to 2800 degrees fahrenheit. This is truly an alchemical process, a collaboration with nature which brings character and uniqueness to every piece. Each result is truly one-of-a-kind.

This vessel was fired in the front of the anagama - where the most ash collection tends to occur - giving it amazing surface variety all around.

One half is covered with crystalline clusters, resembling lichen and mossy patches, in colors ranging from lavender to seafoam. Crackled wood ash collects in the carved grooves along the piece.

The opposite half is rich in varying blue tones, and the carved horizontal lines pick up warm orange flashing.

I also love the inside of this vessel, which has stunning iridescent peach and golden hues.

Approximately 5" H x 5" W