One of the things I love most about art is it how closely it can relate to nature. Crystalline glazing in particular amazes me the way nature does. A maple tree, for example, in full bloom, is covered in beautiful green leaves. If you study those leaves, however, you will never find a leaf that is the same as another. Every single one is different. That is how the crystals are in this particular glazing style. You can do a hundred different firings, but no crystal is ever the same from one to the next. Amazing! That is why I am always so excited to open up the kiln after a glaze firing to see what crystal formations grew on the pots this time. In this last firing, I glazed a low-profile bowl in the cobalt crystalline glaze and added a splash of copper to it as well. I love the way colors blend and bleed into each other during firings when you combine glazes or overlap them.
When I pulled this bowl out of the kiln I couldn’t shake the image of the Great Deep Blue Hole off the coast of Belize. It reminded me so much of that natural wonder. I have always been intrigued by those pictures and would love to see it for myself one day.
I thought it was a pretty cool similarity. I love when that happens! Well, I have lots to do today in the studio and another kiln load to fire up!