How many times have you been browsing in a shop with local, hand crafted pieces of pottery and art, and just wished the prices were a little lower? Those artists have to make a living, of course, and the shop has to make a profit, so high prices on hand crafted items is certainly understandable. But when you’re like me, and you’re used to paying yard sale and flea market prices, it can be hard to spend $50 on a bowl. That’s why I was so surprised when I spotted this lovely, handmade vase in a thrift shop. Someone probably paid top dollar for it, maybe while on a trip somewhere, and then it later got donated.
The base is inscribed “Oregon Cascades” by Laurie F Childers, 1995
The technique used for the decoration, from what I can find online, is carving into the clay, then coating the carved lines with a resist material like wax or latex. The paint, when applied to the clay, won’t stick to the lines that have the resist material on them. The resist is then removed before glazing, and you get this lovely result.
The detail is really amazing. It looks great on the mantle! (I do have it listed on eBay for an outrageous price, probably because part of me doesn’t really want to sell it 🙂 )
If you know anything else about pieces like this, please enlighten the rest of us in the comments!