Jazz and ceramics.
This is a fine example of modern slipware which jazz music inspired into shape. It is a modern jazz vase because the workshop’s favourite musician is Thelonious Monk, after whom the whole series of our ceramic art pieces is named. He made us do it. Please do not worry about understanding the piece, it just came into shape that way.
We used a tile clay that has a toasted ochre tone that we like, specially after we pour on a thin white slip (a mixture of clay and water) before we glaze fire it at 1275 degrees. When it comes out of the kiln with its full glaze showing, you can see the natural ochre tones peeking through the colours. The maker’s hand also leaves his brush marks on the surface, as well as drips and smudges, making the piece unique and “one off”.
Its engaging lop sided stance is just a little like Monk’s playing, a fine example of syncopation made flesh, or clay, since in music, syncopation involves a variety of rythms which are in some way unexpected, thus making a tune or piece of music off beat – “a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm“. If you would like to know more about Monk, visit our blog by clicking here.