Saturday, June 9

Titian's Stonehenge Glaze

Another highly successful innovative glaze achieved at Titian was what they called "Stonehenge". It was reportedly Cameron Brown's personal favourite. It looks like coloured, worked and weathered granite.
On the right, PJ101; center, SV202, left PV110
The vase with ram's head corbel handles is numbered and PV110 (Paramount Vase number 10), and works particularly well with this glaze giving a real prehistoric effect.

The genius of the glaze effect is that it produces the optical illusion that it is a textured rough surface, when in fact, it is completely flat. Look closely at the glaze sample photos below and you will find yourself looking at peaks and troughs with shadows cast.
Brown Stonehenge glaze sample
Blue Stonehenge glaze sample
This is an optical illusion - it is actually completely smooth and flat. I don't know how this effect was produced. No doubt there are experienced potters on the web who could explain the chemistry of how this might have been achieved. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them...
The blue Stonehenge is harder to find than the brown, and seems to have been used on only a very limited range of articles, including B115 (Bowl number 15) below.
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