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Oval Raku Pebble

The surfaces of the land are eroded by forces of climate and human intervention, but the substance of it remains constant and immutable. Traces of the past are scratched all over the hills, and remain in ruined form, as fading monuments to the communities who worked the land.

Patricia Shone

The powerful landscape surrounding her - and a feeling of connection with the passage across the land of its past inhabitants - inspires Patricia's work. 

Patricia uses techniques in her clay work which reflect these processes. The pieces are made by throwing, texturing and altering or by beating, stretching and carving. Colours are achieved using slips, oxides and glazes but most of all by the firing processes.

“I want the natural forms, colours and textures of the work to engage the viewer with a landscape beyond daily experience. As we advance, technologically, the surfaces we touch become increasingly synthetic and machine finished. I feel that what challenges us now is the reality of nature – wild, uncomfortable, dirty, unpackaged, visceral experience.“

 

    • One Oval Raku Pebble made by hand on order
    • Given the nature of the process, each piece is truly unique in terms of colour, form and texture
    • Approx 750g and W x H
    • Cost includes special delicate post and packaging
    • Please allow 6 weeks for making a bespoke piece by hand

     

  • Raku firing is a low temperature earthenware technique involving a very rapid glaze firing cycle. The pre-fired pots are placed into a hot kiln, heated up to about 1000°C and removed carefully using long tongs.

    After removal from the kiln they are immediately immersed in anything combustable, sawdust, peat, leaves, within an enclosed chamber. This leads to an incomplete combustion known as reduction, which draws chemically combined oxygen from the surface of the pots and gives them their unique range of colouring.

    Raku firing was traditionally used in Japan to produce bowls for the tea ceremony but the pots were left to cool without the post firing reduction, this being a development by potters in America.It is a fast and immediate process of transforming clay into ceramic. The weather plays a part in the progress of the firing and the subsequent smoking. This type of low fired raku ware is porous and should not be used for liquids or food.

    The pots can be washed in warm water with a little soap or scrubbed gently with a soft nail brush to remove dust. They should be dried thoroughly before coming into contact with wooden or delicate surfaces.



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