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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
10" x 1.75"
My experience is of gleeful contrasts that we get this window into the forces of earth's molten material being metamorphosed into such contrasting forms. Mid-Atlantic Ridge rock is the basalty form and Havre volcanic pumice-mud is the silica-rich form. The rock slurry from Kane Fracture Zone is on the chattered pattern interior and back. Warm speckled areas are Havre mud.
Learn more about the geophysical investigations of this pumice-mud glaze.
Center of seaglass.
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.
6.5" x 2.5"
On porcelain clay, coordinates and depth written with a brush on exterior, contrast silica-rich Havre mud (thinly and thickly applied) and lavender glaze assembled from refined materials.
4.75" x 2"
Keep clicking for back, side and bigger views. On porcelain, interior is the Havre sample next to a chattered area that is glazed with Mid-Atlantic Ridge rock slurry, as is the back. Sea-glass in the center.
Rim and foot are glazers assembled from refined materials.
7.5" x 2.25"
On porcelain clay, seaglass center surrounded by Mid-Atlantic Ridge and Havre volcano pumice/mud. Rim and foot of glazes assembled from refined materials.
4.5" x 2"
Keep clicking for back, side and bigger views. On porcelain, interior is the Havre sample and exterior is a wash of Mid-Atlantic Ridge rock slurry. Finally! Geological deposits that are glazes that work so well they need no complements of glazes assembled from refined materials.
Fluid pumice-glaze and fluid porcelain that tore as I was throwing and I caught the tears in a way well-suited for the Earth's assymetrical ways of spewing it's molten forms. Learn more about the geophysical investigations of this pumice-mud glaze.
4.5" x 1.25"
This one has a band from the Mariana Trench, cruise named "Challenger Deep". Chatter pattern is Mid-Atlantic ridge and exterior is submarine volcano's pumice=mud from Havre eruption. Rim, center and foot glaze assembled from land-based materials.
10" x 2"
Opposing characters formed by magma; one from Mid-Atlantic rock slurry is dark brown and one from pumice-mud from submarine volcano's eruption north of New Zealand. Center of seaglass. Lavender glaze on rim assembled from refined materials.
4.5" x 1.25"
Keep clicking for back, side and bigger views. On porcelain, interior is the Havre pumice/mud sample and exterior is a wash of rock slurry from Kane Fracture Zone (a Mid-Atlantic Ridge site) that was used as a stain on a surface chattered by a metal tool jumping on the leather hard wall during the trimming stage of shaping the foot.
5.5" x 2.25"
Mid-Atlantic Ridge rock slurry surround center of seaglass over which is a dip into Havre volcano pumice/mud.
6.5" x 2.25"
On porcelain, interior brown from Mid-Atlantic Ridge rock slurry framed by Havre volcano sediment. Center of seaglass. Click for larger images to read.