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My Red Vase by lisaluera My Red Vase by lisaluera
My Red Vase, March 2007

- Wheel thrown
- Laguna B-Mix 10
- Burnished while leather hard
- Polished with Terra Sigilata while bone dry
- Bisque fired to Cone 08
- Fired in a foil saggar [link] with ferric chloride, horse hair, wood shavings, and sugar (we call these baked potato pots because they look like baked potatoes wrapped in foil in the kiln)
- No glaze

This is one of the two pots that I have decided to keep for myself from the Linda and Charlie Riggs workshop. The 1 horsehair that I put inside the saggar left such an amazing impact on the overall look of the pot. I put a lot of wood shavings inside the pot to turn it black. I think some of the smoke is what turned the top and shoulders somewhat black too.

Photograph by Harrison Evans

This pot is not for sale. Some of the other pots in my gallery are available for sale.
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My Red Vase by *lisaluera When you look at “My Red Vase” keep in mind the swirling colors and wispy patterns you see were not painted, they are burned into the piece. The path the vapor travels is random and can never be duplicated. Skill and some great luck has left :devlisaluera: with a truly one of a kind work of art. ( Suggested by CreativelyStrange and Featured by ohnojaylo )
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QCC-Art Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the essential earth tone
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GRAN1TE Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very cool.  how long does it take you to get to 1350 degrees when you fire your raku kiln?
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DJFlat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, Im loving the colour
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thank you!
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TheGreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Beautiful Work!
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sdpartwork Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
This is absolutely mesmerizing!
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Talty Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Hello! You have been added to the first part of the Artisan Crafts ABC, as one extraordinary example of all the wonderful artisan crafts there is :) This article is part of the Artisan Crafts week at #projecteducate, please don't forget to check out the activities and the contest we have planned for this event! Have a nice week!
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thank you!
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Talty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013   Artisan Crafter
My pleasure :D
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cadworkshop Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Lovely work. I really wish this was for sale. I would be very tempted.
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cadworkshop Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Wow!!! That is really special. I love the finish and really appreciate the information about how this was done. I love smoke fired ceramics. Wish it WAS for sale. [link]
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thank you for the wonderful compliment! This one has special meaning attached to it. I just can't let it go.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Beautiful work!
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thank you!
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Miss-Mog Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
beautiful glazing
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GloomilyEuphoric Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
It's like the pot is wrapped with a photo of some alien planet's topography. Stunning mixture of colors.
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Matchsss Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Flippen sweet ima poy head you should throw me one of these :p
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fucknsk8rchick Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I really love this...thank you so much for all the glazing details, great ideas!!! Horse hair is amazing in what it does to the chemicals used and the temperature fired...just beautiful...
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Tinman75 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
:wow: it's Aw inspiring!
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Sillylilirishgirl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is great! I can't believe you didn't use glaze at all for this. Awesome!
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NewsiesFreak Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
can i pretty please use this as a stock for one of my things?
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
I would rather you not.
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NewsiesFreak Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
its ok...i found a better one =]
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Tinman75 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
:wow: Could you show me the "better" one you found. I spend most of my free time looking up different potters to study their work, and I have yet to find anything even close to her work. I would really like to see the "better" one you found.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
By the way, you wrote this comment a really long time ago but I still feel like I need to respond. Thank you for sticking up for me and I'm very flattered with what you said. I'm very new to the clay world so this is an amazing compliment!
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NewsiesFreak Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
I didn't really mean better quality wise just better for my photomanipulation... I don't have the link cause the phot didn't work out so I apologize for the confusion :)
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Tinman75 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
No problem.
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2maz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Abslolutely beautiful...
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Astonishingly beautiful. This kind of pottery would be perfect in the chanoyu (japanese tea "ceremony"). Have you ever done something for that?
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
Thank you! I have never made anything for the japanese tea ceremony, but I think it's an amazing tradition. I wish I knew more about it. In the art studio where I learned to make pottery, there is a fellow potter whose grandmother used to teach the cermony in Japan and often commissioned famous Japanese potters to make tea bowls for her cermonies. I've had the priveledge of seeing and holding some of the tea bowls that he inherited from his grandmother. Absolutely beautiful pieces!

I'm honored that you think this would be a good pot for a japanese tea ceremony. Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately one has to have a certain acquaintance with tea ceremony to understand what's more appropriated as a shape for an utensil.
Let us take the mizusashi as an example. It's the cold water container, and is used mainly to wash bowl and tea whisker. In spring and summer you'll use a shallow one, so that everyone in the room can see the water inside it and have a fresh feeling. During winter and autumn, on the other hand, you'll want a tall, slim shape so that people won't see water. The impression you want to give them is of warmth, so colors should be used as well accordingly. In the case of this one vase you did, colors suggest autumn and winter, because they're warm and so one is going to prefer warm colors in a cold season.
Speaking of size and shape again, In many cases the mizusashi is brought inside the tea room before the ritual starts, so it should be easy to handle, not too big or heavy (especially if it's a woman carrying it) and have a shape that is pleasant to touch and beautiful. And it needs a lid, because of the use that is done during the ceremony.
I don't know about the size and weight of this vase you did. Two handles would help making sure that it doesn't slip out of your hands while you carry it and a matching lid would be needed. Apart from that, I am a lover of simple shapes and the warm colors and effects warm my heart. I wish I could do pottery, sooner or later. My dream is to become able to do my own tea bowl.
And you reminded me that sooner or later I should be posting photos of my collection of tea bowls... two or three of them are especially valuable, at least for me.

For your interest this site [link] is a splendid resource both in written knowledge and in photos that let you see how shapes and functions should be in harmony.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
I know just enough about the tea ceremony to know that I don't know much about it! I've been told about the different colors and textures for the seasons, and different shapes for specific purposes, etc. Very fascinating! I would love to see your tea bowls.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I will post something in the future, but in the meantime, you might like to have a look at my old japanese blog here [link]
I posted some photos, but after some time I abandoned the blog. Too tiring and besides nobody was really reading it...
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glunac Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008   General Artist
It's like marble!
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
Yep, a lot of them fired this way come out looking like some sort of natural geological substance. Thank you for the fave! :)
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erin-lokilani Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
wow, this is beautiful.
i have just started to attempt smoke firing my pots and your work is really an insperation :)
how did you get that gloss with no glaze? is it a sealent?
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Thank you! I would love to see some pictures of your pots too! I get the gloss from burnishing and using terra sigilata before it is bisque fired. I do put lacquer on my pots to keep them from reoxidizing, but the surface looks the same with or without the lacquer.
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BlackPhoenixN Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
WOW!!
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Rise0fGnomes Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
This is awesome!! someday I hope to achieve something this excellent...
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Thank you!
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mrdectol Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
I love this vase. I don't make vases, but I think you might benefit by using a polarizer when taking pictures of vases with glossy surfaces, as some of the detail is left out in the harsh lighting. I'm about to go look at your gallery. Cool stuff!
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oibyrd Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured your work here:
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xo
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~Sandi
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Thank you so much!
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Pudding333 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
Wow, that is so lovely. I adore how all the colors go really well together and how beautifully they mix and blend, not to mention the shining smoothness and even form of the vase. To me, it almost looks like some sort of delicious blend of chocolate, milk, caramel, and cream. Absolutely stunning work.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
Thank you for that interpretation! I love to hear what people see in my pots. I love the thought of this vase being a really yummy dessert! :D
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Pudding333 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
No problem. But, I suppose you can't eat a vase, huh? Oh well, it will just have to remain a feast for the eyes then! :D Once again, great work!
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AnimeJGrrl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm loving all the smoky moving lines, it's almost like a mist swirling. The techniques you used sound absolutely fascinating! I’m so glad you shared your work method, as its very helpful in understanding the outcome. I am just getting my feet wet with ceramics, so I hope I can run across some literature describing the various burnishing and 'baked potato' effect. :heart:
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Thank you! I was really excited when I pulled this one out of the kiln. Talk about a happy kiln dance!!! If you would like to know more about this technique, I would suggest looking up a book by James C. Watkins and Paul Andrew Wandless called Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques. It has all kinds of really cool firing techniques in it including the foil saggar technique I used on this pot. It is definitely my favorite book out of all of the ceramic books that I own.
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DirtyMarkJunior Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
that's freaking gorgeous.
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lisaluera Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
Thanks!
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