Originally part of a collection entitled “Desert Spring, Sturt Pea,” this small vessel by Pippin Drysdale was inspired by the desert in the King’s Canyon Valley area of Australia. Full of rich and dark red soil, the valley landscape transforms when it rains with stripes of green and colored vegetation running across the earth almost instantly. This vessel seems to glow with the light of this other world.
A master of her craft, Drysdale first bisques the form, making it white and taking care that it is as pure as possible before the repetitive and painstaking process of applying glaze. The inside of the vessel is coated by pouring in glaze, swirling it to coat the vessel and pouring out the excess. When the inner surface is dry, Drysdale sprays the outside with glaze in several layers before hand-painting with liquid glaze and feathering it out with a wet sponge. Finally, Drysdale uses a boxcutter blade to incise on each small painted patch of the vessel, brushing out the channels with another fine brush, before firing the piece for a final time.
Bisque-fired and glazed porcelain open form with hand-cut, glaze painted, fine crevices
6.7″ high x 6.9″ diameter