"Purple Waves" Tray #1SOLD!
3.5 x 52 x 18 cm
Hand wash only. Do not shock with cold water if warm.
gas fired, oxygen deprived clay
This one of a kind ceramic bowl is the result of a controlled and uniquely, personalized firing process. Reduction-fired pots are fired in a 90 cu. ft., gas-fired kiln adjacent to the artist’s studio. Firings can take up to 24 hours to reach the necessary 1300 C temperature. During the latter stages of firing, the kiln is starved of oxygen, resulting in the spectacular colours that manifest themselves in thick, contrasting tones that dramatically ripple into each other.
A fourth generation artist, Vincent Massey discovered, at the early age of 15, his passion and flare for pottery. His father a respected architect, and his mother an established painter, fostered a creative home where Vincent was introduced to artistry as a part of everyday living .His family's approach to life has translated to his pots, which combine exhibition with functionality. Vincent studied at the renowned West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, England. Here, he specialized in traditional English and Japanese methods of stoneware, including firing techniques of wood, salt and raku. Further apprenticeships with exceptional English and Canadian potters established him as a professional artist. Vincent continues to develop the art of pottery through the adaptation of traditional methods and glazes. He mixes and ages his own clay and experiments with his own personal glaze recipes to achieve his one-of-a-kind, spontaneous pots. For 20 years, Massey has supported his family as an artist.