Duncan Shearer, Albarello 1
A decorative and functional vessel, the form of which is taken from traditional apothecary jars; albarelli. Albarelli were used by apothecaries and pharmacies to store ointments and dry drugs and represented status and wealth. Duncan was inspired by an albarello he saw at a museum in Istanbul in 2007 and has since been making these forms regularly as part of his practice.
"Back home I was after a form that would suit my style of throwing and also benefit from wood firings. The balance and proportion of shape, the qualities of line and the impact of the firing process all allow so many possibilities".
Each of Duncan's albarelli is wholly unique.
This glaze is a special mix of shades of apricots and peaches with speckles throughout and a deep dark brown almost black. flashing up one side. There are also remnants of the seashells used for wadding which leave beautiful marks.
Height: 19.5cm with a base diameter of 8cm
Duncan Shearer specialises in wood-fired, soda-glazed pottery using traditional techniques. He lives and works in Karangahake Gorge where he uses his vast knowledge to teach with his partner and fellow potter Charade Honey, he also consults on a range of pottery subjects including kiln construction.
"Currently, most of my work begins life on the wheel, but that’s just the start of the making process. I often add, subtract and alter the initial round forms, looking for a liveliness and freshness that will remain through the whole making process.
I use a wood kiln to fire my work as it provides the richest surfaces that compliment my forms. The physical nature of this firing process and its inherent unpredictability give my work freshness and a decorating touch that speaks about process."