Ming Shaped Fiery Vase
Created by Judith Motzkin
The artist throws her ceramic bowls, jars, and vessels on the potter's wheel using a fine white earthenware clay. She trims and burnishes each piece as it dries. When the pots are bone dry, she applies a fine liquid clay slip called terra sigillata made from the finest particles of clay. The surface is polished between painted coats until a waxy sheen is developed. In the flame painting process, the piece was nested inside clay saggars with salt marsh hay that has been soaked in minerals. As it was fired to about 1500F, the fuming materials leave their markings on the burnished, unglazed clay surface, which she hopes will stir love for the random beauty of nature.