Show Must Go On

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies
Fairy tales of yesterday, grow but never die

                     - Freddie Mercury

This dynamic ceramic piece was inspired by the rosin-back horses of the turn of century circus acts. The base has a matte metallic glaze that create an almost oil slick appearance in parts.

Title: The Show Must Go On
Medium: Raku fired ceramic
Size: 7(H) x 7(L)in

What is raku? Glowing red hot ceramic pieces are taken from the kiln and placed in a material that catches fire, such as sawdust. They are then enclosed in a container with the flames. The lack of oxygen gives the glazes striking colours and patterns. Areas with no glaze take oxygen from the clay itself, leaving them with a beautiful matte black colour.

 Private Collection