Atoll - Biidoro (dragon eye) cylinder 5 - SOLD

Atoll - Biidoro (dragon eye) cylinder 5 - SOLD


This smaller cylinder was wheel thrown by Rowley from stoneware clay in his studio at Quixotica. A simple shape, it was then bisque fired and glazed with a shino glaze & ash glazes.


Shino ware is Japanese pottery, usually stoneware, originally from Mino Province, in present-day Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It emerged in the 16th century, and its use is now widespread, both in Japan and internationally. It is identified by thick white glazes, red scorch marks, and a texture of small holes.


After glazing, the cylinder was then placed on its side on sea shells in one of the anagama kilns at Quixotica, and was then wood fired over several days and nights.  The ash glaze runs occur when ash from the timber used in the firing process melts at temperatures over 1300 degrees Celsius. Since the timber is free of impurities, a clear jade translucent feldspathic glass called biidoro, after the Portuguese word for glass vidro, results. Sometimes the biidoro glass coagulates to form a globule called a  "dragon eye" or "dragonfly eye." You can see these drips (or "dragon eyes") along the length of the cylinder.


The resulting piece has impactful glaze and shell markings, with ash green biidoro glaze drips forming the central feature of this piece, It also makes a beautiful vessel for flowers, long stems and delicate branches.


Please note that this piece is part of Rowley’s current exhibition, “Extracts”, at the Noosa Regional Gallery. It will be available for collection or delivery after the end of the exhibition on November 7, 2020.




Dimensions: 9 cm diameter x 22 cm high


All work is hand made by Rowley Drysdale in his studio at Quixotica Art Space in Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. As all pieces are one of a kind, slight variations in size, glaze and design will occur.


If your purchase arrives damaged, we will happily exchange it for a similar piece of equal value. Please note that the buyer is responsible for return shipping costs on damaged goods. Please ensure a secure shipping location is provided as we are unable to give refunds for stolen or lost packages. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges for change of mind.


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