This picture doesn't even come close to doing it justice, but wanted to share anyway ... (besides, if I waited for a nice sunny day to shoot pictures in the Pacific NW, I'd never take any at all!)
This was an 'instant love' piece for me--the minute I saw it, I was enthralled. The contrast between the shino glaze and the rough bark surface was just amazing, and I couldn't resist--out of a spectacular firing, this is the piece I loved the best. Stoneware teapot by Petr Novak, with an interior shino glaze--this picture really doesn't do the combination justice. The clay body has an almost coppery sheen to it, and the glaze is not only crackling, but darkening a little too, almost like the color of the tea/clay underneath it is seeping through. I've only had it for a few weeks, and it's already a real favorite--thank you, Petr!