A white stoneware bowl, fired to cone nine in a reduction atmosphere with a simple crackle glaze. The small black speckles come from the clay body, which is rich in iron, these flux through the glaze surface and melt into seemingly unplanned patterns. Sometimes larger spots occur, changing the appearance of what would have been a very simple piece, into something with a little more character.
Happy to be working with porcelain again. I've been experimenting with a lot of different clay bodies, and it's been interesting. Each kind is unique with it's variables of color, texture and malleability but there is really something nice about going back to porcelain. It's so creamy in texture and visually refined, and the rigor required to throw it (with it's relative lack of plasticity) is such an enjoyable challenge.