I found a little treasure in my woodpile I’d forgotten about. A chunk of pine burl I got from my grandfather that I’d set aside a long time ago. Burl had such beautiful figuring, and every one, in fact, every slice is vastly different.
I still have some of the wood jewellery boxes that my grandfather made, in which he used bookmatched slices of walnut burl to decorate the lids. He passed on before I really got serious as a potter, so I never had a chance to show him any of my work. I think he’d have gotten a kick out of these lids.
One of my customers who is a silversmith came by the other day to make
an order for ceramic boxes for his handmade wedding band sets. Said he
was tired of handing his work over to couples in the standard felt box,
and wants something to distinguish his work from everyone else's work.
These are the prototype boxes, one with feet, one without.
They are slab and coil pinch pots, and reflect the wood figure from the
bats () they were constructed on. Mouth is about 6cm across. They will
be presented with shifuku (protective cloth) inside signed wood boxes
with tie cords.
I like his idea because the rings will now be in a useful item, rather
than a throwaway felt box. They can use the box to hold their wedding
bands, or other small valuables, and the box itself has value to the
customer. Not to mention the fact that every time my customer sells a
wedding band set, I sell a box. : )
in Taku, Japan
Here is another lid I made this morning for a small Kuro Oribe jar. The
glaze is a green oribe, but with some adjustments it ended up with too
much alumina and the color got rather dark. This combined with putting
it on a iron rich clay body made it a mottled greenish black. I didn't
think the pink ivory would be so pink. After getting the oil, it's
almost red. It's all natural color, I didn't stain it.