Crystalline Glazes

April 14, 2009 at 6:29 am (Studio and Environment) (, , , , , , , , )

So not my thing. You have to be so perfectly careful with the firing. You take the temperature up, hold, take it down, then take it up again less high than the first time though, then take it down again and hold it for a precise amount of time. Then let the temperature drop s-l-o-w-l-y. Not to mention the glazes do not really work with textured forms. In fact, they are so flashy, they don’t work with many forms at all. Most of the time I see a crystalline glaze, its on a simple, poorly constructed pot. (Sorry guys, but its true!)

Thats why I really crystalline glazes when they are done well.
I found Robert Hessler pottery while at Craft Boston last year. It was very hard not to buy something of his, but at the time I really did not have the money. I still don’t but I’m still wishing I did. So instead I’m sharing his work with ya’ll.

I really enjoy that he layers the glazes. Instead of a pot with one type of crystal and one color on it, looking a lot like a pot wrapped in victorian wall-paper, he explores the range of colors and expression. The crystals don’t dominate the pot, but complement the shifting colors and simple forms. So incredibly drool worthy.

I swear that one day I will have one of his pots!


1 Comment

  1. MEGAN said,

    hey we went to the plaza and saw you

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