Peacock Bowl

This is what I call a peacock bowl. I threw it on the wheel in red earthenware, and then painted on cream slip before biscuit firing it. For the second, glaze firing, I used a combination of blue and green glazes. It is the combination that gives the beautiful almost iridescent effect, that to my mind looks like a peacock’s plumage. Combining glazes is tricky – you neve quite know how the pot will turn out, and so you open the kiln with a feeling of nervous anticipation. This one was a great success, but there are others that you have to consign to the bin – or to another firing with additional glaze. You have to be quite phlegmatic to succeed as a potter!

Dimensions: 21 cm across top, 6 cm tall. £45.

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