Wood Fired Kandila, Firebox Relic


Pedestal vessel inspired by Cycladic kandila.

This vessel fell from the top shelf of the East Creek anagama, into a side firebox sometime during the firing, meaning tons of side-stoke wood was dropped into the kiln right on top of it.

It's a miracle that it didn't break. We assume it landed on a fluffy coal bed which broke its fall, and the side stoke wood may have become incinerated by the flames before hitting the pot every time the kiln was stoked, and it's pure luck that the vessel didn't fuse to the kiln floor when the firing was finished.

Needless to say, this pot has been through a lot, and it reminds me of the astounding resilience of clay. Before firing, you can break a pot simply in the process of picking it up if you aren't mindful. After (and during) firing, it has the potential to survive the most incredible conditions; there are ancient Chinese pottery fragments dating back 20,000 years! I find some sort of peace in knowing this work will outlive me, and that they may be dug up by future generations some day.

This pot already appears to be an excavated relic from the built up layers of ash which fused to the form, but the contrast of the glossy, galactic glaze evokes something more contemporary and ethereal. The directional lines created by the piece firing on its side remind me of the turbulent brush strokes of Pollock, and the intense atmosphere to which this vessel was subjected. The surface tells the story!

This piece is truly one of a kind. Due to the crazy circumstances in which it was fired, this surface can never be reproduced.

Approximately 6.75" H x 5" W