Celadon Ginger Jar
This pot stands only 3 1/2" high. It was one of the first pots
I threw on the wheel. I didn't know enough to be afraid.
I dipped it in celadon glaze and fired it, getting a smooth, all over celadon green. Hmmmmm...that reminded me of something I'd read about.
potters were known to soak their celadon glazed pots in strong tea for up to a year to
get a rich darkness into the natural crackle that pretty much all glazed pots have. Of course, I couldn't wait a year so I took a shortcut another potter's recently told me about. I heated the jar in a warm oven at home then immediately rubbed the warm glaze all over with India ink. When it cooled, the ink wiped easily off the glaze surface but left this handsome spidery network of black crazing where the crackle had temporarily spread open from the heat slightly expanding the clay body.
Status: still in the potter's personal collection.
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