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Oculus-Inspired Ikebana Vase in Bronze Glaze

Ceramic Vase

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 which enables 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. A top was added to the form to assist in flower arranging and create a contemporary feel, inspired by an oculus.

The work is fired first to approximately 1800 degrees F, and then hand glazed by the artist using a bronze-looking color. The object emerges from the final firing, which requires approximately 2100 degrees F, to take the work to its final form: a lightweight (approximately two pounds) yet sturdy vessel that can be used as an elegant flower vase or as a purely decorative work of ceramic art.

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