Title: Puia Pupuhi / Bubbling Volcano VI, Raku Earthenware fired NZ red clay with glaze reduction
by Karen Wilde, 2022.
This Bubbling Volcano sculpture was pulled red-hot from the raku kiln and transferred to a firey reduction chamber with combustibles = unpredictable surface colours and glaze patterns while leaving smokey scorched marks on the raw clay areas.
Experimental processes of including both inorganic and natural organic materials in the clay body, glazes and firing process result in every piece displaying unique surface textures. This series depicts heavy blue and green hues with metallics, charcoal grey, milky off-white crater/lava glaze and raw clay “kissed by fire”.
Inspired by Aotearoa New Zealand’s native bush and snow-capped volcanic mountains. Each piece in this series is handbuilt from layers of clay and original in both shape and finish. Can be used as an incense burner/candle/LED light cover, baseless dried flower vase or mini pot plant cover.*
*Lights/incense/candles/flowers NOT included. This sculpture does not have a base.
*Actual colours may vary based on individual screen monitor settings.