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Janet Leach (1918-1997)

Vase about 1960

width: 16.7 x 14.5 cm, height: 17.2 cm

St. Ives, Cornwall, England, UK

This is an example of an unconventional use of porcelain. The particles in porcelain are finer than in other types of clay, becoming transparent when thin. Rather than drawing on these properties, texture has been introduced with the addition of grog, or ground pre-fired ceramic, mixed into wet clay. Grog makes the clay too heavy to be thrown and this pot has been made in a pre-formed mould. This pot is decorated with Ying ch'ing celadon glaze, a pale green coloured ancient Chinese glaze. The linear decoration is made with a second, poured glaze containing iron.

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TWCMS:1998.258  itda0301.mdf (Dec art, Eagle Collection, Shipley)

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