Monday, June 13, 2011
That being said, gravity isn’t so bad. Illustrated is a tall cylindrical Iga vase by Kishimoto Kennin. The vase was wood fired in an anagama over a long period of time, perhaps 5 to 7 days. During the course of the firing, ash built up heavily on the shoulder and in time, together with sufficient heat, the dam burst and the ash began to cascade down the pot in rivers of green glaze, wonderful bidoro. Though there are a great many times that a potter may dislike and even battle with the laws of physics and gravity itself, this is not one of those times. In time, I think I can even learn to like gravity……………….