Crafted by esteemed ceramicist Paul Philp, this sublime vessel is handmade from a blend of contrasting clays. With emphasis placed on material and form, Philp created this remarkable piece that was influenced by Modernism and Art Deco architectural design styles. Adopting his own ideas to these movements, he developed an innovative body of work which encompasses his impressive research and masterly hand.
It is first bisque fired at 1000°C to harden the material. Using multiple high temperature firings allows for thin layers of material to be applied to the stoneware surface throughout the entire making process. These firings enabled Philp to achieve the thick black 'tenmoku' glaze. Tenmoku is a type of stoneware glaze, with a large addition of red iron oxide. Philp adds a small amount of cobalt to intensify the deep colour.
This piece has an intriguing square shaped body and a distinctive glossy glaze.
About the Artist
Paul has been working with clay for over forty years and over that time has experimented with a variety of materials and techniques, some of which have never been tried before. This has resulted in equal measures of delight and frustration as some attempts work and others fail. It’s not an easy task especially as each of his pieces face, what he calls an “unknown future”, as various “breakdowns” (unpredictable cracks and fissures) occur as they are fired multiple times in the kiln. However, this is all part of Paul Philp’s unique creative process. It’s very important to him that each of his pieces develop into something that have their own individual character and identity. He wants them to have a life beyond him and soon after he starts to create them, they should continue on a journey of their own. We are attracted to this idea and hope that as owners and inheritors of his pieces that they will continue their journey in our own homes and beyond.