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Fleck, No. 1

Fleck, No. 1

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Glazed stoneware・Wood-fired・230ml

Ceramicist Liao Guo Hua works with a range of different clay bases and glazes, using long, five-day firings in wood kilns to draw out the uniqueness of each piece. This is one in a series of six pieces we commissioned in 2018 from Liao Guo Hua. This series features iron oxide flecks added to the clay body that provides textural and visual interest. Each piece is then wood-fired for 5 days.

This particular pot has a very high concentration of oxide flecks. These darker spots contrast with the celadon-like glazing on the exterior and interior of the piece. On the exterior, the darker iron flecks shows a small amount of streaking. A beautiful crazed surface is another distinguishing characteristic. Note the small drip frozen in time on the handle. Simple short spout, with 7 outlets for water evacuation. The foot of the teapot is unglazed, and signed by the artist.

Usage and care: Wood-fired pieces will season very slowly over time, though limited porosity allows for use of different tea types. Exterior of the teapot will deepen in color and develop a rich luster as it patinas. Hand-wash only without soap or detergent.

Approximate dimensions: 80mm tall, 85mm diameter, 230ml・Artist: 廖國華

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