Turning and Burning
March 16, 2010
Entry Details

# 886
Larry Jensen
Beverly Shores, IN
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   various
  Height:   various
  Depth:   various
Materials:   holly
These pots were turned from Holly wood.  Then they were wrapped in steel wool, put in a pyrex measuring bowl, and surrounded by rice.  The measuring bowl was placed in a microwave oven and the pots were "cooked".  The result was two-fold.  In some cases the steel wool burned the pot directly.  In other cases the steel wool burned the rice which produced a smoke that deposited on the pot.  The result is similar in appearance to ceramic pots that have been produced by the raku method.

Tall pot: 2 1/2" H x 2" Ø

Round pot: 1 1/2" H x 2" Ø

Lipped pot: 1 3/4" H x 2" Ø

Flat pot: 3/4" H x 2" Ø

Judges Comments
Andi : The ceramic firing effect worked really well for the surface decoration. The forms with the rounded bases are more ascetically appealing to me, and bring to mind some ceramic pots I've seen that have used wood-fired glazing techniques.
Graeme : I really like the exploration and experimentation of a new technique and you've achieved a great result, love the raku style finish. I like the 2 middle forms, outer 2 could be a little smaller at the bases.
Molly : The technique used to 'fire' these pieces reminds me of Saggar firing of pottery, rather than raku. Regardless of how it's described, the results are quite interesting and unique. I would love to see this further investigated and pursued. The two central forms are nicely designed, while I would like to see the bases of the two outside forms tucked in a bit more to give the impression of lightness and lifting off the table. As they exist now, they appear a bit heavy and clunky.

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