Bold Black and White Contour Vase I
Created by Jean Elton
The original model for this shape was turned on a plaster wheel, from which a casting form was made. The casting form is one piece, enabling the final work to be cast without seams, which often cannot be otherwise eradicated from the final form. The resulting shape makes a strong impression yet is both visually and physically light. The work is fired first to approximately 1800 degrees F and then hand decorated by the artist by masking the clay and applying a black underglaze to achieve a dry matte finish. The object emerges from the final firing which requires approximately 2100 degrees F to take the work to its final form: a lightweight (approximately 7 pounds) yet sturdy vessel that can be used as elegant vase or as a standalone, purely decorative work of ceramic art, which is finished with a bright transparent gloss glaze. The unique serial number found on the bottom of each Jean Elton piece is reflected on the certificate of authenticity provided.