A little background is in order. When I first saw the prelim photos for this SO 15, I immediately thought one word, "Sendai," and also immediately thought this SO should be a fundraiser for the relief efforts in Japan.
We hope to raise at least 500 USD for the relief effort. I hope we can raise 750 USD! I will be ecstatic if we were to raise 1000 USD. But whatever we raise, it will help!
Thanks should also go to Magokorodo for his assistance and sacrifices for this SO!
About the pieces. When I first saw the prelim photos, I was struck by the waves of glaze that reminded me of that tragic day and I knew what I had to do!
The glaze is turbulent yet is it beautiful, just like nature. I continued to see metaphors in this piece, most of which I will leave to your imagination. It will always remind me of that tragic day, but also the love for Japan many of us share, and the focus forward that is Japan.
As mentioned, the first word that came to mind was "Sendai." I immediately asked permission to name these pieces Sendai and asked for assistance in putting together this fund raiser.
The glaze is purely an accident of an accident (one of those metaphors comes to my mind)! There was a prototype that was an accident that we were attempting to reproduce. After 2 failed attempts, the accident of the accident happened, and this piece was born. It will likely never be reproduced!
The glaze is a beautiful waves of white with varying amounts of black speckles flowing in the waves of white. There are accents of gold!
The shape is very "summery," wan (bowl), wide and tapered with an awesome flare at the top. The body's bottom is rounded, not angular adding to the overall fluid and unique appearance of the piece. The Phase 1 pieces' diameters are around 3.5" (8.5 cm). The Phase 2 diameters are a tad over 4" (10+ cm). The shape is perfect for hot Summer tea enjoyment as the shape will allow the tea to cool a bit.