Kaye Poulton — Horizon Line Raku Fired Sculpture
Working with clay for over 40 years, Australian ceramicist Kaye Poulton is based in Mooroopna, located on the banks of the Goulburn River opposite the larger town of Shepparton.
Her series presented at Craft is wheel thrown and raku fired, drawing its influence from the Australian landscape. A continuous horizontal line intersects the surface of each piece, revealing the bare textures of unglazed clay and suggesting the vestiges of inundation. The bright turquoise reflects the sky and below the horizon line, the mottled brush of the land.
Raku's unpredictable results and intense colour and marking attracts many potters. Typically the process involves heating the pottery to high temperatures and cooling it rapidly. For Kaye, each piece is pulled glowing red hot from the kiln and plunged into sawdust and allowed to smoke which stains the unglazed portions of the pottery black. The amount of oxygen that is allowed during the firing and cooling process directly affects the resulting colour of the glaze and the amount of crackle.
Kaye teaches ceramics in the Goulburn Valley, at the Shepparton Art Museum and in Primary Schools. Receiving major awards through Ceramics Victoria, Melbourne Teapot Show, Kaye's work is held in private and public collections, including Shepparton Art Museum.
Dimensions: height 16cm, diameter (top) 7.5cm.
Please note that due to the nature of the Raku firing process, this vase is not watertight. If you would like to use this work as a vase we suggest styling with dried floral arrangements or using floral water phials.