Cracked tea light holder

black stoneware body, high gloss metallic glaze

This piece started life as a bowl. I accidentally worked too far when turning the underside and pierced through to the inside... so I decided to work with the mistake and began to carve deliberate cracks into the surface. I wanted to give the impression of an artifact found in pieces and reassembled, or one of those fantastic stone walls constructed without mortar- the edges of the cracked sections are rounded as if they’ve been weathered. I used a high-gloss metallic glaze on the inside to help reflect the light from a candle, and made a matching dish for the dome to rest on.