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Marc Hansen

American, 1925 - 1977

Vase, n.d.

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Porcelain with crystal glaze

Dimensions: 8 5/8 × 2 1/2 in. (21.9 × 6.4 cm)

Bought with funds given by the Left Bank Gallery in memory of Raymond Phelps, FIA ceramics instructor, 1971.29

A crystalline glaze is used to achieve the iridescent blossoms that spread across this vase. Crystalline is a special effects glaze made primarily of particles of zinc oxide and silica. These ingredients, along with others, are mixed with water and applied to the ceramic object. When heated at a peak temperature, a chemical reaction takes place between the zinc oxide and silica to form crystals that will eventually grow and spread across the object. The glaze is typically white, however, in this vase metallic pigments were added to create the wide spectrum of colors.

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