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Gold Folded Vase with Palladium inside

Ceramic Vessel

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. While the clay is still moist, the work is folded by hand to create a sculpted look. The resulting shape makes a strong impression yet is both visually and physically light.

The work is fired first to approximately 1800 degrees F. A gold glaze is applied to the exterior and palladium to the inside of the vase. The vase is then placed in the kiln for the final firing, which requires approximately 2100 degrees F, to take the work to its final form: a lightweight (approximately 4 pounds) yet sturdy vessel that can be used as an elegant vase (since it is vitrified, it will hold water) or as a purely decorative work of ceramic art.

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