The Making Of The Barker Meadow Bowls

Barker Meadow Bowl, made by Julie Naster using a wood fired kiln

The Barker Meadow bowls were made as a serving bowl or as a display container for precious objects

This bowl was first thrown on the wheel. It was then distorted with a cylinder to create the cloverleaf shaping of the top section.

A sculpting tool was used to divide up the space on the outside of the bowl.

After bisque firing, the sections that are reddish were brushed with wax to resist the glaze thus allowing that reddish glow to prevail.

The piece was then dipped in a glaze known as Acero Azul.

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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