Sculpted Pristine Vase
Created by Jean Elton
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 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 finished on the inside (only) 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.