Midnight shadows collection
Shadows hide the color opening the playground of light and dark.
Made from black Spanish stoneware clay with added contrast or sometimes just bare black natural clay to pay tribute to the material itself.
Midnigh Shadows – just black or white on black
This is perhaps a plain and boring style collection. But that depends on the preferences and personal taste. There are no colors in it, just the play of black and white and shades and shadows. Occasionally still the white glaze I use here produces a brownish hue to the areas where the glaze layer is very thin, but more often just the dark clay adds some geryish tint there instead resembling the early morning mist.
I use a Spanish black stoneware with a lot of very fine crog. When well burnished the bare matt surface has a silky soft and warm touch. The back color of this clay has still warmth in it being calm and silent.
The combinations of glazed and unglazed areas is part of my handwriting, I find it dull but also disrespectful to the old material to totally cover it with glossy glassy glaze surfaces. Leaving unglazed areas is my way to respect the material I use, giving us the opportunity to understand and feel the material itself.
I vary here with shades of black and white, but as well with texture added to the clay, sometimes leaving the exterior fully unglazed with just some slight texture on the body to enhance the look and feel.
I hope it brings calmness, and silence as there is in the forest in the middle of the night.
You look up and count the stars. How many did you get ?
When the odds become even during the firing process the glaze develops beautiful golden microcrystals. Sometimes covering the whole ware with golden hue and other times just few golden sparks like stars.