Anagama ceramic bottle
Stoneware and grog bottle, fired in a Japanese kiln
|Stoneware and grog
These pieces owe their inspiration to traditional Majorcan gin bottles which are made of glass nowadays, but originally, just like these we present here, they were ceramic which was known to keep liquor well protected.
They are fired in a Japanese Anagama kiln (oven) which always gives a wonderfully unpredictable finish. This varies depending on how and where the heat strikes it, on how the warm air dances around it and how the ash decides to sit and melt on it. That is why each piece is unique. No two pieces are the same nor are they even similar. Each one with its own nuance tells its own story.
This piece started off white in colour as it went into the kiln and was struck by the heat on one side during baking, giving an orange tinge to it.
We particularly love the stray drop of varnish in the middle where you can see that some melted ash from another bottle has decided to join its design.
These bottles are ordered on demand and therefore will take around six weeks to arrive. We assure you they will be worth the wait.
Measures: 25 cm. height
Joan Pere inherited the trade of potter from his mother. Inspired by Japanese philosophy he decided to add a more artistic aspect to his work whilst still using practical ceramic. "I don't think it is necessary to create specific exhibition pieces to determine art. Art can be present in everyday objects."
When he arrived at the Mallorca School of Ceramics he became fascinated by fire and started to sell his old records to build an Anagama, a Japanese kiln which enables a flame to strike directly on the piece being heated. He enjoys working with a potter’s foot wheel because as he has to co-ordinate his hands and feet, his pieces become marked and he believes this makes them "more human". He goes to great lengths to steer away from perfection and symmetry.
Each batch needs more than a ton and a half of pinewood for fuel. Pinewood is readily available in Mallorca and thanks to its resinous nature, ideal for combustion. Heating times vary between 20 and 24 hours and can reach temperatures of 1.300º.
Their originally white paste comprised of stoneware and grog adopts an irregular russet off- brown tone. As the baking period is so long, the ash melts away and disperses varnishing and waterproofing them. Joan Pere sometimes jumbles up the way they are laid out and puts other elements such as seashells among them giving them an unpredictable and unexpected finish. "I actively seek out the accident because it tells me something different about each piece."
Joan Pere likes to think that his pieces can be enjoyed with our simple daily pleasures. "A few months ago a young couple bought two of my breakfast bowls. Each one costs 50 euros. They came to pick them up in an old run-down car and I was aware that it was a lot of money to them. The fact is they wanted to celebrate breakfast together everyday and that, I just thought, was so lovely."
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