Multicolored Tall Vase
The original model for this shape (about 2 feet high) was turned on a plaster wheel, from which a casting form was made. The casting form is one piece which enables the piece to be cast without seams, which often cannot otherwise be 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, using underglazes applied with fine-tipped bottles and finished in a spray booth with a transparent gloss glaze. 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.