Wood & Soda Pastel Inverse Vessel


This could be used as a drinking vessel, if desired. Approx. 3.5”W x 3”H

This vessel was fired twice: once in the anagama, where it had a variety of tan tones mixed with white (the raw clay body, completely untouched by ash), and then in the ChickenCat, which provided a range of pastel color (ranging from lavender to turquoise) and crackles ("crazing" in potter's terms) despite remaining relatively matte, which is a different combination than I usually see.

Not all refires are successful. I've refired pieces up to three times, and interestingly I've had refires look more bleached out than the original firing's surface. It is still as difficult to predict the results of a refire as it is to predict the results from an initial firing. This adds to the satisfaction when a refire turns out just right: part of what keeps us potters hooked on the thrill - and gamble - of atmospheric firing methods.