4.26.2012

Cups for the Dragon Kiln





These fresh stoneware cups are drying. Four Buddhas and two Boddhisattvas.  I made these cups using a traditional Korean technique perfected in Japan, called Mishima. The leather hard clay is incised with designs, then the incisions are inlaid with coloured slip.

They'll go into a big communal firing in the wood-fired Anagama (Dragon) Kiln of potter Gordon Hutchens. Only a handful of these giant, deep-chambered, fire-breathing kilns exist in the world, contemporary resurrections of an ancient technology.

These cups will go naked into the kiln - with no glaze applied to the outside - the ancient alchemy of the Anagama will glaze them with smoke, ash, and fire.

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