For your consideration, a vintage 1990 Ray West vase featuring the crystalline glaze that this 20th century American potter is noted for. The vase is from West’s desirable Camp Nelson period and the glaze displays a sophisticated palette of gray-greens, gray-blacks, and dark celadon green-gray. The vase is incredibly aesthetic when viewed from every angle; especially noteworthy is the highly refined shape of the vase’s neck and mouth. The work stands 6" tall x 3 ½” wide and is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. It is signed “Ray West 9-90, Camp Nelson, California”. A highly refined work by this noted Californian studio pottery artist.
Artist Information from the web (Sequoia Pottery): “Ray has been a full-time studio potter since 1973. He creates one-of-a-kind hand-thrown porcelain pieces, using crystalline glazes and other similar high-fire fluid glazes; some matte and some high gloss. These types of glazes require an exacting application and design of glaze and a precision firing schedule to be successful. All of the glazes tend to be unpredictably fluid and leave a jagged, chipped foot when removed from the kiln. So, each piece is fired on a small custom pedestal and the residue and flaws are ground away once they have cooled.
He experiments with new glazes and applications in every work cycle and chooses from the tests to expand his glaze palette. Each piece is fired in a large, commercially manufactured electric kiln that was re-engineered with modern controllers to fire these types of glazes. He is attracted to and selects glazes that reflect some property of nature, from the cosmos to lichens growing on a rock”. (3)
Vintage 1990 Ray West – Camp Nelson period, Crystalline Glaze Vase