I found a bit of Ruststone clay in my studio that was frozen and thawed multiple times. It doesn’t work well for pinching unless you have unreasonable strong hands, so I paddled these into form instead. This claybody is much darker than the others you’ve seen in the 100 tea-bowls project and I’m excited to see the differences.
With this Wabi-sabi style approach to the tea-bowls, I’m trying different approaches for the foot (base of the piece.) With these two I gave them 3 little feet which add a bit of height, stability and visual breathing room between the pieces and the surface they rest on.
The glaze found and settled in the crevasses of the texture on these love-bird boxes, hooray! There’s something really lovely about the surprise of ceramics, no matter how much you plan there is an addition of chance that can create happenings that can never be duplicated. I’ll be sure to try this textural approach on more pieces with different glazes as well.
I think these two boxes embody one of my very favorite quotes: “Consider everything an experiment.” -Sister Corita Kent