A series of Southern Ice porcelain vases suitable for Ikebana. The vases are 23 cms in diameter and 6 cms tall. The walls of the vases are 2 to 3 mm thick, which reveals the translucency of this fine yet durable porcelain. The turquoise glazed vase is new for 2016.
The porcelain Ikebana Vases were selected for exhibition in the Mayo Festival in May 2016. View the full catalogue of the exhibition. My work is on page 31.
For more images and further information on the nature, origins and qualities of porcelain, including Southern Ice porcelain, see the Southern Ice porcelain page.
tsuki-yo Glaze - Moonlit Night
The glaze is a high gloss mirror black which often forms a transparent pale blue halo on the rim revealing the whiteness of the Southern Ice porcelain beneath. In bright light a brilliant azure blue appears in the depths of the black glaze. On the Cone Cups the glaze has created an effect like an aurora in the interiors.
Flasks, bowls and other works in tsuki-yo glaze may be found on the Tsuki-yo Tableware page.
Iridescent Crystalline Glazes
In 2017 I developed seven iridescent crystalline glazes, and the first results of some of these glazes may be seen on the works here. Further works and new variations on these glazes will be published on this site in the coming months.
The glazes are challenging to photograph as the shimmering iridescent effect changes with the viewpoint and direction of light. The iridescent crystals on the golden brown ground shine all the colours of the spectrum. The crystal formation often occurs in harmony with the form with smaller crystals along the rim cascading down into larger ones down the curved walls of the work. The glaze thins as it flows down from the rim during the firing sometimes forming a sparkling golden halo on the rim.