'Elephant skin' tea bowl
The inspiration for this texture is drawn from a year in my youth spent in Zimbabwe. I worked a spell at a game park and became fascinated by the colour and texture of the dust encrusted hides of the stunning African elephants.
Terry Davies demonstrated this throwing technique (applying clay dust to the outside of a cylinder before bellying it out), what a master. On trying out this technique I decided to play with red earthenware dust to see if I could tickle the vitrification point of earthenware dust attached to stoneware clays and fired to 1310C. These cups are the result.
I'm drawn to the texture and enjoy the randomness of the cracking and splitting on the surface, especially as it contrasts so obviously with the order and precision of the turned foot.
I use one of two glazes on these pots. Either a wood ash or a white. It's often interesting to see how, where the glaze meets the earthenware on the outside, a natural tenmoku glaze results. This 'mingling' can be very pleasing.
Typical dimensions: H - 10cm, D - 10cm