I love this series. The vessels are unique, with much texture and Celtic design. The Celts were wonderful artists, their designs still very prevalent today. The glaze is smooth matte,green breaking bronze on the edge, giving the piece a dynamic quality. I try for a natural, less manufactured look to the finished pot.
I began coloring clay to replicate natural earth tones, without the use of glazes. I use stains and oxides , which I mix into the clay. Again, I texture, and layer strips of colored clay to achieve specific effects. Some pieces are reminiscent of a sunset, others the veins of minerals in rock cliffs.
This technique offers limitless possibilities to the clay artist.
I named this series after the Indian goddess of the Earth... Gaia.
Their shape and texture are meant to feel as though they were dug from the ground .
I use an ash slip/glaze, low fired . It feels very dry and rough. One cannot help but feel a connection with the earth by holding these pieces.
I have begun to make more wall hanging pieces, single tiles and groupings.
Some are colored, others are highly textured, and still others ... raku.