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I made a piece I call "Koi Pond" in 1994 and gave it to a friend (a sensai). Well, I missed that pot and decided to make another. Bigger and more elaborate, of course! I made the piece in 1996 or 97 and because it was so elaborate, I didn't glaze it for years. I recently said I was going to glaze ALL the bisque in the studio, so it was going to get glazed, ready or not. I signed the bottom in June of 99 so that is when I started glazing it. I finished glazing it Sunday and this is how it turned out. You can click on the picture below to see a BIG copy of the pot, but it is a 90+second download on a dial-up.
It is a very dramatic piece. A glazing tour-de-force for high fired clay.
And a few detail pictures. This pic of the bottom of the piece looks like it was taken underwater. A pretty rich looking scene, huh? I wonder what Gregory or Schreckengost would think of this piece?
There are maybe eight frogs on this piece. Here are details of a few of them. The first one is escaping the chaos of the fish bursting through the surface of the pot.
And a couple of frogs lovin'...
And a frog peeking through the surface of the water- a voyeur to the "action" and scene unfolding.