The Making Of The Adobe House Vase

Adobe House Vase made by Julie Naster in a wood fired kiln                                   

The Adobe House Vase was made as a table vase or possibly for display of precious objects.

This vase was first thrown as a bottomless cylinder.

It was then distorted with a wooden rib, creating waves and ledges, both to add movement to the piece, but also to serve as catch points for ash and soda during the final firing.

“Dimples” were also added with my fingers – inside and out. This shaping must be done when the piece is still very wet and on the wheel.

In doing this shaping I push the structural strength of the walls in their wet form – risking collapse – pushing the clay just short of that point.

One of the beauties of clay is that once it is dried and fired, what was a very vulnerable (even weak) shape becomes completely strong and durable.

After the initial bisque firing in the electric kiln, flashing slip is applied to the outside; titanium shino glaze is applied to the inside.

It  is the third, phase, called "atmospheric firing" spanning roughly 30 hours plus cooling time, in which fire, heat, ash, and soda come together to create the final product.  It is when, as Julie states the "kiln gods" are at work. 


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