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WTF Were You Thinking offering dish


An oft-thought refrain, this time it's simple proof that what I'm thinking, that I can make this work, that the proof of its beauty is enough to convince me that I am still going the right way. Perfect for grounding yourself in the same knowledge. 

WTFWYT is salt-fired porcelain, approximately 4"w x 5"h, and is top-rack dishwasher safe.

Each piece of HighFired ware begins with cannab!s and clay. I press an actual fan leaf into raw clay and construct the piece. The lettering is done with pasta alphabet letters set with tweezers. 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.


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