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Large Jar

Item Code: CER-NC-823-s
Medium
Natural ash glaze & shell scars
Date of Work
2017
Signed
signed
Height (cm)
85
Width (cm)
62
Clay
Stoneware
Firing
Wood
Nationality
British
Base price £4,500
Natural ash glaze & shell scars

Natural ash glaze occurs in a wood fired kiln when ash particles carried around the kiln by the hot air and flames land and melt on the pots, often creating dramatic colour variations on their surfaces depending on their position in the kiln.

Scallop shells are used during firings to prevent pots sticking to the kiln and to each other. Burning away during the firing they leave behind fossil like scars. This pot was laid face down on top of the shells during firing. The fly ash settled on the exposed surface (what is now the 'back' of the pot), melting to form a natural ash glaze which upon cooling hardened into glassy rivulets .

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Nic Collins PortraitNic Collins was born in 1958 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. A self-taught potter and woodfirer, he started building kilns and wheels during his late teens and early 20s, experimenting with raku, salt glazing and sawdust firings, and using clay sourced from local river banks.

He studied studio ceramics at Derby College of Art 1985-86 and then went on to work in potteries in Italy and Germany before returning to the UK. He now lives and works in Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor.
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