Thursday, September 16, 2010


I’ve often referred to ceramics as “pyrochemistry”- i.e. combining various minerals, either in a purified, pre-processed form, or in the less predictable but somehow fascinating form of natural clays, rocks and ashes, and then subjecting them to extreme heat in the kiln to combine them and permanently alter their molecular structure. I’m constantly entranced by the transformation of various dusty looking brown or grey glazes into smooth glassy surfaces of varied colours with no resemblance at all to their original state.

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