The clay used in the piece is a stoneware body. local to Erect, NC. Adjacent to Seagrove, NC, and part of the eastern Piedmont region of North Carolina, the area was, and still is, known for its excellent stoneware clays, very suitable for the salt glazing tradition in groundhog kilns (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seagrove). Thus, treat it as any other matured stoneware clay object. The guinomi has been wood fired to 2300+ degrees Fahrenheit. The only addition to the clay were the feldspar inclusions, which are the white melts on the surface. ~Lucien
The piece you are interested in...mentori guinomi...I still have. It is of a local clay from Seagrove, NC, where I used to live, and I had set it aside for myself. It was in a national invitational and juried show (DIRECTions; Frankie G. Weems Gallery; Meredith College; Raleigh, NC.) last year that featured ceramic work utilizing local clays.
The sake cup measures 2.5" H x 2.75" W x 2.75"D, and I will sell it for $95.00, plus shipping (payable through PayPal); it is signed. All of my work is hand formed through a process known as "kurinuki", which entails the piece to be hollowed out by hand. Once the solid clay form has been cut on the outside, I use a loop tool to carve out the interior.
If you are an avid sake enthusiast, please take a look at more recent guinomi on my blog. There are quite a few shown in the postings of November 2010 and June 2011 firings.
Again, thank you for your inquiry, and I look forward to your reply. ~Lucien
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Herb_Master wrote:Maybe a kind teachatter will buy this one from the June firing, before I spend more than I can afford
debunix wrote:Stunningly rugged, that one!
auhckw wrote:Just arrived at Koblenz... no tea for this whole week...
andrzej bero wrote:very nice eclectic style Tead Off
and what is that "small house with big roof"?
IPT wrote:That is a fantastic eclectic setup Tead Off. I really like it. What is the little black shrine(?) on the left?