As I took my first wheel-throwing course, I drew inspiration from traditional Chinese ceremonial and ritual wares. The form from these candleholders is repurposed from a Song dynasty lacquerware tea bowl stand.
In order to expedite the production process and reduce the risk of cracking during the firing, each candleholder is thrown in one piece, simultaneously pulling the walls of the bowl and plate.
COLLECTION is finished with terra sigillata, an ultra-refined liquid clay, and then saggar fired, a firing process that traps the smoke to the surface of the vessel. The resulting smoky surface recalls COLLECTION’s function as a candleholder
Dripping wax collects on the flange, reflecting the passing of time as the candle burns.