Old broken shells may be very beautiful. Sometimes even a small piece allows to imagine
the whole form. Shells are very complicated as well – smooth internal surfaces relates with coarse and
Wood firing of well shaped ceramics may show some unexpected result – flame freely flows
around it and makes the work you could never repeat with the hands. With the same freedom the ocean grinds the pieces
of broken shells.
I didn’t try to repeat precisely natural forms in this series. I wished just to unite the
properties of clay and fire. As porcelain is most suitable for fine, thin-walled shells, I have prepared the plaster
model forms for porcelain slip casting. And finally I’ve got light, hollow shells, fired with flames.
Firing was done in the beginning of September 2008, in The International Ceramic Research
Center – Guldagergaard (Denmark), in the big cross-draught kiln. At this time the firing was managed by Japanese master
Takashi Nakazatu, who is professional potter, highly experienced namely in wood firing. His working style is very
intuitive, so for many participants of this session some steps of master weren’t clearly expected. The same way
unexpected was the final of firing as well. But nevertheless, the result was reached and all participants
got fine works.
In this year Danish Center got many guests. Besides Danes and Japanese there were the artists
from Norway, France and Holland. It was a pleasure to meet few old friends and to get new.
All wooden kilns were fired, and besides the biggest Cross-Draught, two smaller – Soda Kiln and
Bourry Box (Train Kiln) were fired too. The last two are of different construction and technology, so it was also very
interesting to take part and see result.
The pieces, fired in this session too: The Vase with Thorns (stoneware, h 60cm),
and From the Earth Tube’s series (stoneware, h 91cm).
© Irina A. German, 2008г.