Hand built using slab and coil technique. In order to achieve the desired form, the piece was continually paddled at different drying stages. Underglaze colors were applied and rubbed into the raw clay, and the piece was then fired to cone 010 (1640 F). It was transferred to a fifty-five gallon steel drum, covered with sawdust, and lit. By leaving the ports open, the kiln produced a variable oxidation and reduction atmosphere, thereby creating subtle tones of carbon blacks, grays, oranges and pinks. The piece was further manipulated by drawing subtle images on its surface with pencils and pastels, and it was finally sprayed with a fixative.
The original object was scanned as a TIFF file on a Nikon Coolscan 4000 film scanner at approximately 4000 pixels on the long dimension. A 300 ppi JPEG file limited to 1024 pixels on the long dimension was then added to the CONTENTdm database.