Work of the Month:
Whiskey Decanter, Tumblers and Shot Glasses
This porcelain whiskey decanter is the result of a movement among my customers to repurpose my kusamono for bonsai as shot glasses. So, never wanting to limit my customer's creativity, I have created purpose made organic whiskey decanters, tumblers, and shot glasses. The forms were extruded using various dies to make the shot glasses, the tumblers, and the body of the decanter. Once all had been textured and had bases put on them, I dropped them on a table to make them belly out and to create these very organic forms. Each decanter, shot glass and tumbler are individually unique. The set is unified through the glaze application. The top and bottom of the decanter are handbuilt with slabs and the spout is thrown off the hump on the pottery wheel. I chose porcelain for the fineness of the clay and because it makes such a great canvas on which to glaze. I used a White Satin glaze on the inside of the pieces and Red Shino and Woo Blue with a generous application of mesquite wood ash on the outside. It is all reduction fired to Cone 10 in a Geil kiln. I am thrilled with the results here and look forward to making more like it if they sell well this fall.