Crystals and Lack of Control

I recently read a post on Christine Mauerberger blog regarding growing crystals on leaves. Got me to thinking about several pieces that I made a few years back. One of the pieces was really beautiful, but became annoyingly ugly.

This is the original piece before salting. The piece is composed of fired stoneware, metal, and fiber.

Original Piece


Detail of the piece after being submerged in a solution of hot water and borax.

Crystals


And two details of the crystals on the piece today.

Crystal Changes Detail 1


Crystal Changes Detail 2


Curious why the change so I googled it. Found Andrew Dominic Fortes’ Crystal Growing page. It has some great information.


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