Earthenware jug with a smooth blue glaze and a square spout. Nicholas Rena, 2004.
Materials and techniques
Smooth white earthenware clay. It is formed using plaster moulds, the clay being pressed into the mould in a very soft state, and often at considerable thicknesses (i.e.two inches plus). The form is carved down over the course of the whole drying-out process. Given the thickness of the work iti is left for 6 weeks to dry out. It is then slow-fired (at 25c/hour) over 4/5 days to 1130 degress C. (Slow-firing is essential to minimise the ever-present risk of cracking). After this single firing, the work is sanded, stained and polished.