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Jewel Tone Checks Vase

Ceramic Vase

Created by Lisa Scroggins
Much of Scroggins' ceramic art has a wheel-thrown form with sculpture added to it, but with this Checked Vase series she wanted to explore and focus only on the form of the vessel and its surface design. Her background in graphics informed this design with an eye to a retro yet contemporary feel. The vase is wheel thrown and trimmed.

Once dry it is kiln fired to cone 04 (1950f), resulting in a smooth, warm white surface onto which she draws a grid pattern in a black underglaze pencil. The quality of this line work has a straight but hand drawn quality to it that keeps its pencil look. The artist paints five layers of underglaze using red, ultramarine blue, turquoise, deep yellow, and royal purple. This layering technique ensures a rich, deep color. Her signature is painted on the bottom. Three layers of a clear, gloss glaze are brushed over all, inside and out, and the vase is kiln fire once again.

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