EARLY PAIR OF ART POTTERY RAKU POTS. HAT I HAVE AVAILABLE AS WELL. MORE RECENTLY MADE LIDDED BOX. MADE BY CANADIAN/CHINESE MASTER POTTER WAYNE NGAN(1937-JUNE 12TH, 2020). EAUTIFUL LINES, GLAZE AND COLORS.
Believing in maximum participation in the processes involved in pottery, Ngan made his three kilns himself. In the field outside the studio, devised with a counterweight so that he could lift open the heavy fire-proof door himself, is the raku kiln, inoperative at the moment as the result of a fire. Raku, which he reminds us means "enjoyment" or "contentment, " and which he first began to make around 1966, attracts him as a process because, due to its low firing temperature, it permits the potter great spontaneity and participation during firing.The black porous clay body offers dramatic possibilities and the potter's versatility and sense of timing are crucial to the ultimate results. The shed houses two kilns: there is the gas-fired stoneware kiln from which have come the pieces for which he is probably best known-pieces in the earth colour range using ash, lustre or other standard glazes and often with the brushed or trailed decoration which he handles so skillfully. The other is his oil-and-wood-fired kiln for salt glazing, a process which he began eight years ago and to which he has been devoting increasing attention. What interests him here is the directness of the procedure which needs only a single firing and requires no glaze since the sodium chloride (salt) which is introduced into the kiln during the firing combines with the silica in the clay body to make its own glaze. The essence of this type of pottery lies in the clay body: if the clay is good and the shape is good, little more is needed.
Ngan has experimented, with exciting results as this exhibition shows, with the introduction of other materials, such as seaweed or drift wood, into the fire-box, or forcing fine ash with a blower into the chamber to bring about changes in the surface colour. IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, HAND-MADE POTTERY ALWAYS HAS ITS OWN FLAWS. THIS HAS SURVIVED WELL WITH NO DAMAGE THAT I CAN SEE. WAYNES NGAN'S MARK IS ON THE BASE, ALONG WITH A CARD CERIFYING ITS AUTHENTCITY. IT MEASURES 5 1/4" X 4" X 3.
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