Tea Caddy with Tiny Crab by Richard St. John Heeley.
Stoneware tea caddy with porcelain lid modelled with a small crab. Fired under the firebox on its side on a small clay tripod. The surface is created by layers of ash building up and fluxing with the clay body. At its heaviest the ash has built up to form a ‘chun’ blue streak. Cobalt ore has been inserted into one of the barnacles and this has fluxed a deeper blue with the ash. There is gold leaf repair at two points where tripod tips has fused with the clay surface and has been ground off. These are very special pieces as the kiln only produces a few of these each firing. The porcelain lid is made and measured to fit, calculating shrinkage, and fired separately. The contrasting surface of the pure porcelain highlights the volcanic texture of the caddy. The crab is individually modelled by hand
Dimensions: H140mm – W85mm
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