For some reason I just can't smash this vase. Originally I called it a Cinderella vase. Today I called it a castle vase. Maybe I gave it name because it symbolizes what I like to make with clay, different pieces, pieces that are challenge for me to make. From the first time I started working in clay I experimented with different shapes, different textures, different styles. What a lot of fun clay is.
I made this vase in 2008. It's 11 1/4 inches tall and 5 inches wide. It's slab built of Windsor porcelain and textured with a bow tie noodle. The top and bottom were made separately and the eight columns are solid rectangles of clay. After I made all the sections I attached them all together with slip. I built it at home and carried it to the college to be fired. Amazingly it made the transport without event.
But at the college someone else loaded it into the bisque firing and the bottom portion broke free. I was so disappointed. I decided to glaze fire it anyway hoping to use an epoxy to hold it together after firing.
I glazed it with a tenmoku and a Tom Coleman celadon blue and high fired it to Cone 10 in the school's gas kiln.
I've never glued it together. It's spent it's life on the shelf in two separate pieces since then. While I was taking these photos I noticed all the roughness of the piece. The slab sides are uneven thickness, the edges are rough, the glazes are applied unevenly, the bottom is rough, and it's heavy. Still I just can't smash it; I really do like the form. Should I make another one just like it. I can't seem to motivate myself to do that either.
I don't have many pieces left of my high fired work. I miss working with high fire reduction glazes. What about you, do you have a piece of pottery you made which you just can't smash? This post is part of Mud Colony what's happening in the studio. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.