The necessity of shifting to sustainable sources of material is immense today. While not all traditionally used materials can be mined in conventional ways anywhere in the world, sustainable practices already show that mining can be done from waste. This project marries tradition, craft, design, technology, education and waste management. It is a collaboration with nature - instead of trying to control it I surrendered to its ultimate guidance. It is a "stepping away from codes and standards into unpredictability of the wild and organic".
10 different wood (birch, ash, beech, pine, apple, cherry, black alder, oak, willow) ash glazes were collected from private households, local pizzerias and grill restaurants in Lithuania that use wood logs (not charcoal). Ash used in making these glazes is a by-product of heating and/or cooking source.
The colors of glazes are very earthy - beige, yellowish, milk white, brown-reddish. Speckles and other impurities are brought by refractory minerals and metals that did not melt into glaze.
My hope is that the series of developed glazes will inspire new uses of the material.
The project is partly financed by/
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