One of my oribe bud vases, taller than usual and with a strip of exposed clay running from the rim, a simple wax resist and an idea Ken suggested I try in the midst of glazing madness that lasted for almost an entire week. It was one of many experiments I did with the oribe ware as I had no idea what they’d be like. Some of the vessels with just this simple decorative line are easily some of the nicest from the whole firing. I’m beginning to look back on my time there more thoroughly as here are a few written pieces and a lecture coming up that I’m involved with and with that I’m going through my backlog of photographs. There are lots, but I wish I had taken more, it was a difficult balance already as I didn’t want to feel as if I was only there to document my trip, as opposed to actually living it, this counts for filming too—I was there for the clay and to learn.
And learn I did, creating these oribe pieces was an intense experience, the glazing especially. I had been told by Lisa that it was a complex and long process, but that didn’t quite do it justice, it is truly arduous. I’m very lucky both Ken and Doi were kind enough to sit with me for days and nights on end getting it all glazed, waxed and cleaned off ready for firing. It’s made the glazing of my own pots look insignificant and easy in comparison. If I were to do it again I’d use far less shino and iron brush work, focusing almost entirely on the green glaze and exposed clay.
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