triple trouble tray
Music is part of what helps keep me sane, playing almost all the time, whether out loud or on repeat inside my head. I came to appreciate the OG triple trouble, The Beastie Boys, embarassingly late; it wasn't until the turn of the century. I'll have you know that according to my 2022 Spotify Wrapped, I'm in their top 0.005% of listeners. Anyway.
My neighbor grew the leaves that went into this piece, White Widow, Granddaddy Purps, and something else I can't for the life of me remember. Those two are two of my tops, my faves, my medicine chest strains. They help soothe when most else won't.
Each piece of HighFired ware begins with cannab!s and clay. I press an actual fan leaf into raw clay and construct the piece. All other marks are made one at a time with a crowlike collection of tools. The work is left to dry. In the bisque (first) firing (∆04/1798°F/981°C), the organic material burns away, leaving an incredibly detailed imprint, an accelerated fossil, if you will.
After brushing away the resulting ash from the leaf and collecting it for future use (ash melts starting around 2000°F/1093°C), I go over the fine details with an underglaze, letting it settle into the veins, then wash most of it away. More glaze might be applied with a mouth sprayer, by dipping, with brush, and fingers, or sometimes left bare if going into an atmospheric finish firing. It is then fired again to around 2300°F/1260°C in one of three kilns: salt, wood, or reduction, to create the rich, layered finishes you see here. The entire process from start to finish can take months.
Differences in clay bodies, glazes, and finishing kilns make for as wonderfully varied a complement of work as there is in its collectors.
Size is approximately 7"w x 6.5"h x 1.5"d. Top rack dishwasher-safe.