Thrown and Altered Raku Vase--"Venus of Willendorf"
Thrown and Altered Raku Vase--"Venus of Willendorf"
Thrown and Altered Raku Vase--"Venus of Willendorf"
Thrown and Altered Raku Vase--"Venus of Willendorf"
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Thrown and Altered Raku Vase--"Venus of Willendorf"

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The form of this thrown and altered raku vase seems so very feminine. The Venus of Willendorf is a small female figure that dates from about 30,000BC. This nude's exaggerated female figure leads archeologists to believe she was a fertility goddess. I see reflections of this ancient Venus in my vase.

Thrown and altered forms are created while the vessel is very wet and malleable. Lines are incised with a tool or a finger, fingers or tools are used to stretch the form from the inside. I have highlighted the asymmetry using two glazes, a white crackle and a copper matte glaze, while taping the incised lines in order to resist the glaze. Those lines have turned black as the unglazed surfaces absorb carbon from the burning organic matter of the raku firing. The variations you see in the copper matte glaze were created by the flames of the raku firing, in essence, preserved fire.

This vase is approximately 8" tall and 7" wide.