Here are some examples of vases with sgraffito, smoked and flamed finishes.
White earthenware with pink stain. Coil built and glazed inside. Carbonised using a flame from a candle instead of smoking – an experiment.
Made from West Sussex clay. Burnished, fired to 1000°C and glazed inside with a lead glaze then smoked and waxed. Iron present in the clay makes it fire a lovely terracotta colour.
Sgraffito Mackerel Vase
Vase, stylised with mackerel.
Sgraffito Beach Scene Vase
7" Vase showing fishing boats beached on the sand.
Red earthenware clay bulbous vase, glazed inside, smoked outside. 14" high.
Sgraffito Poem Vase
Vase – depicting a woman looking out to sea for someone, with stanzas from the poem My Grief on the Sea by Douglas Hyde.
Clay: equal parts white earthenware and grogged stoneware. Glazed inside. Smoked in a sawdust kiln.
Coiled using red earthenware clay. Glazed inside, smoked outside.
8" Vase made for the charity The Children (& Families) of the Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW). It shows the charity emblem on one side and a scene of POW huts in a jungle clearing on the other. It’s in the shape of a section of bamboo that grows to huge proportions in the humid jungles and was used as drinking vessels. I make and donate one of these vases annually, which is auctioned off to raise funds.
COFEPOW is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the Far East POWs and advancing knowledge of their suffering and sacrifices in World War II.
Coil built using red earthenware, glazed inside. Texture achieved by using a grooved wooden tool and a stiff brush. Fired to 1000°C and again smoked in a sawdust kiln.
Three Textured Vases
Coil built in red or white earthenware. Necks textured using a woodcarving gouge. Glazed inside and smoked in sawdust. Fired to 1000°C.
Red earthenware clay. Glazed inside, smoked outside. 14" high.
Burnished Textured Vase
White earthenware smoked clay vase, textured using a woodcarving gouge. Burnished for a high shine after firing and waxing. Glazed inside. Bronze lustre. 14" high.
Winged Butterfly Vase
A 6" winged vase made of red clay with white slip. A 21st birthday present.
Red earthenware clay. Coiled and textured using a grooved wooden tool. Glazed inside. Smoked outside. 14" tall.