Firebox pail

Firebox pail


This small pail was wheel thrown by Rowley from porcelain clay in his studio at Quixotica.  Following this process, it was turned and then bisque fired. Next, it was wood fired in one of the anagama kilns at Quixotica. When this piece entered the kiln, it was a plain white porcelain form. It was placed in the fire box, at the front of the kiln, in order to allow the flames and timber to make distinctive marks on the piece throughout the firing.  


The surface variations you see in this piece are caused by the high temperature of the kiln and its swirling flames, along with the ash that fell on it as the timber burned over several days and nights of the firing. When the firing is at its peak, the temperatures in the kiln near those of volanic lava. The kiln is then allowed to cool over almost a week, before it is unloaded.


This is one of the resulting pieces of work, a union of man made talent and the natural work of the flame. It is a striking piece, with strong contrasting tones and a beautiful matt like finish on the outside, a clean glassy appearance on the inside. The shell marks are created when the piece rests on sea shells throughout the firing. It also makes a beautiful vessel for flowers 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: 10 cm diameter x 17 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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