You come home, make some tea, sit in your armchair and all around is silence.
The warmth and softness of the look and feel of red stoneware, complemented with light buff speckled glaze and subtle details.
The warmth of a red stoneware
This red stoneware was one of my very first clays I decided to keep in my portfolio probably due to the multitude of the color and the shades of red it produces. Its yellow when wet, its terracotta color when bisque fired and dark red with violet and brownish hues when high fired. The clay is rich in iron and the change of iron in firing process makes the changes of color in the clay.
The ware made from this clay leaves a very natural and warm feeling, it is relaxing and calm. I like especially the combination of unglazed areas and glazed areas with a light buff speckled glaze. It’s a combination that works naturally with its soft warm colors. There are many glazes I have tested with this clay body, but barely any of them have worked well providing the feeling I was looking for. Another glaze in the series is a red glaze I have used in some special occasions; it blends with the clay naturally and does not make contrast with the clay and glaze. For some ware the combination on both has worked well where the outside is combined with bare clay and red glaze and inside of the ware is covered with the light buff speckled glaze.
Because of its warm and soft color combinations it is especially nice on everyday ware like bowls, plates, cups and mugs. Especially this clay is my favorite to make tea ware – teapots and tea bowls where usually leave the outside unglazed bare clay and cover the inside with the light buff tone to reveal the beauty of tea.
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.