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Ingrid Lilligren


Crystalline glazes have a mystique about them as they are difficult to produce and erratic in nature. When they do work, they are gaudy, spectacular and mysterious. Each zinc silicate glaze has unique minerals that produce the colors characteristic of these glazes. I thought these glazes might be well suited to the biomorphic forms I make. They appear to call out for a decorative finish, something elaborate and juicy. As the crystals appear randomly on the surface of the form, I think of them as recalcitrant manifestations of joyous play, neither here nor there, occurring in unexpected locations. All pieces are thrown and altered porcelain; several have eggshell applied to the surface.