Woodfired spherical lidded jar 6”w x 5 1/2”t shino glaze ash subtle
Rotund, bulbous and spherical, this jar could store any number of goods. Lined with a shino glaze the interior is smooth to the touch. The subtle flashing on the exterior appears as dark brown and iridescent brick red. The lid [2nd picture] is dynamic example of the way the ashflow interplays with the fireclay wadding. This is an alternate take upon a traditional moon jar.
A cap style lid could easily be affixed to this piece should one want to use it as the final resting place for a loved one’s ashes which would be fitting considering the extraordinary life of this pot.
Woodfiring Ceramics is both timeless and ancient, alluring and backbreaking. Starting with the wood as the sole fuel source is key to any atmospheric woodfiring. Next is the kiln, Kickwheel is blessed from having been invited to participate in the Anagama styled firings at Rock Rose Studios in Mendocino County. Third is the core group of skilled Artisans who tend to the kiln as it fires, a round the clock, 24 hour a day endeavor for the entire duration of loading and then subsequently firing off the kiln. Finally, The Fire. Fire within the kiln gets its own notoriety here as a living, breathing, thinking and feeling entity mainly because of what it can do and how it does so. Woodfiring is no task to be taken lightly and a successful woodfire actually takes over a decade to fully accomplish and admire.
The wares that go through a woodfire process are immediate antiquities simply for having survived what can be a chaotic and tumultuous time. Due to the woodfire environment wares can warp, become roughened or even get destroyed if any of the multitude of variables are even a little off.
Fired in an Korean/Japanese Anagama style kiln for over a week with wood being the sole source of fuel. This style of firing dictates that the kiln needs to be tended and stoked to the whole time. 4 pairs of stokers patiently babysit the fire, and skillfully feed it with precision and accuracy. A demanding process that requires a thoughtful attention to the amount, type and size of split wood.