DENMAN LUSTRE VASE
This glaze looks similar to some raku glazes but is, in fact, a totally different technique that Gordon Hutchens has developed over many years of experimentation. His goal was to create a piece that looks as though it could be very ancient and at the same time very comtemporary -- timeless. The form is made of a totally vitreous, water-tight porcelain. After an initial bisque firing, the piece is covered in a glaze that contains about 40% high metal content clay from his property on Denman Island and fired to cone 10 (2350F,1300C).
When cooled, accents are brushed on with a preparation of gold chloride and resin and refired to fuse the gold to the surface. Different metallic salts are used during this firing to create "interference colours", a complex surface that bounces light rays in opposite directions simultaneously, creating a velvety iridescence like that used on Art Nouveau blown glass. Because of the high metallic content in this glaze, it is for decorative, not food use. The glaze is durable and can be washed with warm soapy water and a soft cloth or with lacquer thinner. Height 5.5 inches