Mike Rosen - ceramic arts
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This work is fine art masquerading as tableware. The material is high-fired stoneware and porcelain. It is food-safe and can go in an oven, dishwasher and microwave. However, the purpose is not so much to fill a niche in the tableware market as to use the challenges of tableware as a format for the work. It can be used at the table but its real purpose is to reach for beauty.
Classic celadon glaze was developed in China beginning about the time of Christ. It has been found in tombs from then. The term is used for a range of glazes, usually transparent or translucent, green. True celadon is a high-temperature glaze fired in a reducing atmosphere, colored with iron. The quality of this glaze reached its zenith during the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 A. D.). It was prized in the imperial courts and made in large quantities. It was sometimes referred to as "poor man's jade." Song Dynasty celadon has a light jade green color. It is applied thickly, but remains translucent. Its surface resembles unpolished jade, a surface which has been called buttery. Since the Song Dynasty, celadon has been produced all around the world. Some of this is quite well made, but it is almost all shiny. Shiny is a far easier surface to produce on this kind of glaze. A jade-like surface is only possible with some very narrow ranges of composition. My celadon glaze is the Song Dynasty variety. The quiet beauty of this glaze belies its pale color.