This mug was thrown on the potter's wheel with locally produced stoneware made from NC wild clays. In the process of throwing the piece, while it is still a cylinder, I stop and apply sodium silicate to the form and apply heat with a propane torch until a hard crust forms. I then continue to shape and stretch the piece outward, touching only the inside. This causes the hardened surface of the clay to crack and split apart, creating deep textures with unique and organic patterns and shapes. I then use power tools to sand, scuff, and weather the surface, giving it a sense of geologic time and making it safe to handle.

Pinking Through the Cracks