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A high temperature in the kiln vitrified the stoneware clay and melted and fused ash from the burning wood to form a "natural glaze" on this jar. The damaged lip would have limited its usefulness as a storage jar, but it has survived until now, cared for by those who have been attracted to its bold form and rugged surface. In a sense, this "broken" jar has been "repaired" as an art object, its imperfections adding to a new sense of beauty.
Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1981.