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    Posted 6 years ago

    Stillwater
    (207 items)

    (I thought I posted this earlier?)

    Anyway, I call this my "Seafoam" pot. The estate was full of Japanese items, so it might be Japanese, also the raku firing is another arrow in that direction. Looks like Muruma or some Japanese name though, not sure what the XIV is for either.

    For some reason, I get the feeling that this is old. The glaze looks old, there are stained craze marks, little fleabites on the rim. XIV is 14, but I'm sure it doesn't mean it was made in 1914. I just get the sense that it wasn't recently made

    Just posting to share and see if anyone recognizes the signature or the work

    Thanks for looking everyone

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    1. CanyonRoad, 6 years ago
      It's a post-firing reduction piece, also called "American raku," which differs from traditional Japanese raku. American raku is credited to Paul Soldner, who developed the technique in the 1960s.

      Since this bowl was made with a white clay, I would expect it is not one of the earlier pieces, and that the XIV probably refers to 2014.

      The craze/crackle marks are a part of the firing technique and this particular glaze formula, and not any indication of age.

      With the literally hundreds of thousands of studio potters, pottery students, and hobby potters worldwide who have made American raku pots in the last 50 years,
      chances of identifying the signature are going to be pretty slim.

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