Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wabi-Sabi Wasabi - Handmade Spoon Rest

In making this series of spoon rests, salt cellars, and soap dishes, I wanted to move away from my usual style of thinly made, and refined pieces. I wanted to exaggerate the raw nature of the clay and have that feeling remain in the finished pieces.

This spoon rest is rustic and earthy and really shows the malleable qualities of the clay in its unfired form. It is made of thick clay glazed in a wasabi colored glaze and with recycled melted glass pools in Caribbean blue.

First the clay was thickly rolled out and curved into a rough bowl form, then impressed with a primitive stamp in the middle which was filled with melted glass when fired. The result is bright and earthy and really appealing to me.

See more miniature curiosities here.


Tara said...

Love this spoon rest. It's thickness and simplicity makes it very industrial and reminds me of something I would see in a great eatery in NYC!

JDWolfe said...

Thanks! I am so pleased with these simple pieces. I have a limited amount of that glass for the middle. Will be sad when I use it all up, it is such a great contrast to the green. It really makes the piece.