This exquisitely hand-built large moon jar by Nancy Fuller is anagama fired, using her own stoneware clay blend, a wild clay slip and natural ash glaze. The perfectly round opening is imprinted with stamps made from detailing on antique Chinese moon cake moulds, revealing the artist’s passion for experimentation in her practice. Her fine use of mark making results in the unique character of the form. The bold, rich tones of this piece embody its striking presence, as well as achieving a worn and aged looking surface. Nancy’s creative process has allowed her to make new discoveries in her work, such as this wonderful piece.
About the Artist:
Nancy Fuller is Taiwanese by birth and raised in Scotland. After training as a printmaker, she discovered wood-fired ceramics when she returned to Taiwan in 2000 to study Chinese Mandarin.
All of Nancy's pots are fired in her anagama which she was able to design and build herself through the financial support of the Scottish Arts Council. The ancient forms of the Japanese tsubo and kame continue to inspire her, not only visually but also physically. The spatial awareness of the pots that comes through making, carrying and firing them gives them an almost human dimension. Coiling gives softer outlines which change further during the firing process, helping her achieve the natural quality she's looking for. The clay is the starting point for all her work and through her choice of raw materials combined with her firing technique she has developed her own wood-fired aesthetic.