7" x 5"
Red Sea exterior. A book called "Red Sea Hot Brines" was written about this hydro-thermal area. Interior glaze assembled from refined materials also has some Red Sea sediment in it as replacement for some yellow ochre.
Sea a map of this area and a cell biologistís microscopy image and more to feed your interest.
9" high x 6" wide
This mixture of sediments from Glacier bay is gritty when it's unfired -- so gritty that I can hear a scraping sound as the material flows off my brush but then, in the kiln, it smooths out into this.
Area under words is the Namibian rock, dripping and branching as it moves over the porcelain clay. Interior is shiny white, top exterior is matte white. Sea-glass dimple in lid.
Reduced price because glaze dripped and I filled an area with epoxy putty.
I began this in daylight and continued in the moonlight one balmy July evening.
When a friend named it "Chimera" I researched and found one meaning as "A fire-breathing she-monster usually represented as a composite of a lion, goat, and serpent."
9.25" x 6.25"
This sample is the first I got that came with a date of 30 million years (more or less) as predicted by a technician who, foraminifera, by foraminifera, sorted the shells with a paintbrush while looking under a microscope, determining their age by visual inspection.
Sometimes the glazed result is dry and crusty so this one I particularly welcome but moreso, there's a subtle dynamic that appears on one side where, after applying the glaze, I dotyted it with a matte white glaze which, during the firing, made detours for the flowing glaze. The sediment does drip downward while, as it does, it crystallizes and rises.
Some WOW stuff came from the kiln over twenty years of melting muds and rocks. Some I photographed and have assembled into a set of twelve cards you can see as thumbnails and a slideshow here. Cards are blank inside EXCEPT a thirteenth with a LEGEND inside -- it refers to numbers on each card.
NOTE about shipping: $7.50 is the cost of one in a Flat Rate USPS box but website only calculates UPS. If you need shipping, I'll subtract the difference between $7.50 and the UPS charge so you'll pay the lower cost. If you're buying multiple boxes, I'll probably use UPS; if in doubt, contact me.
A clay slab with inner rectangle dipped into rock slurry from Mid-Atlantic Ridge (area called Kane Fracture Zone) and hung by stainless steel cable wrapped around stones from the rift valley in Iceland -- playing with continuity of that long ridge that keeps spreading. Frame is glazed with ladles from 6 buckets from location extremes of north, south, east and west plus high-carbonate and high-silica samples.
Writing includes a description about the Kane Fracture Zone material.
6" x 2.75"
Alaskan inlets, Grand Bahama Bank and Connecticut River.
4" wide x 3" high
Very translucent porcelain got a big blob of soupy Earth crust slurry poured into the center. Some gassy event got frozen into the cooled bowl -- blistered and split showing tension between the refined porcelain particles and the unrefined rock slurry. Same slurry applied thinly on the exterior of the bowl fired smoothly.
Band of asteroid-laden sediment is on the inside and outside -- in a narrow band underwhich words are written.
4" x 1.75"
Brown glaze is from four inlets in Glacier bay Alaska. Center of seaglass. Click for larger images and read words on the back.
6" x 2.25"
On porcelain, Earth crust slurry is brown glaze on the back. Interior is a copper red glaze assembled from refined materials. Copper volatilizes during firing and the areas of green and red show the air circulation that carried that copper through the kiln's chamber at high temperature.
4" x 2"
On porcelain, click for larger image to read words. Brown glaze is from the Costa Rican Accretionary Prism. Center of seaglass, rim and foot assembled from refined materials.
5.75" x 3"
Seaglass sprinkled in center of bowl over a blue brushstroke colors the otherwise thinly applied pumice/mud from the Kermadec Trench's volcanic eruption of 2012. See more in the Havre Pumice/Mud category.
5.75" x 2.25"
From the exit of the Rhone River, where outgassing made geoclutter are words passed to me with the bag of sediment that is very sensitive to application -- it reveals details of the clay underneath like few others do.