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Original Stoneware Ceramic by Michael Gorman

Started May 9, 2023

Anagama (Wood Kiln) Fired to cone-11 May 21-29, 2023


"Half Moon" is an exquisite one-of-a-kind ceramic artwork. Created by a Navajo artist, Michael Gorman, this ruddy red, wood-fired stoneware piece is reminiscent of a blood moon and the gradient is simply beautiful. Its simple shape makes it a great, affordable option as both a functional ceramic piece or a piece of artwork. Its Japanese wood-firing technique adds a special touch that will make this piece an eye-catching addition to any home.


I'm calling this one "Half Moon". The dark rusty color of it reminds me of the beautiful bloodmoon.


The technique of firing is using an Anagama - a Japanese Wood Kiln. The firing takes 8 days and reaches tempuratures in excess of 2300º F (just under 1300º C) which full vitrifies the clay, making functional as well as beautiful. The patters are created over the many days of firing as heat and ash move threw the kiln.


The side with the smooth transition from red to black reminds be of a blood moon on a cloudy night. As you turn the piece it goes from full moon to new moon. I love this little one!


This was among the first pieces I’ve fired in an anagama since I first began ceramics. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results! The patterns are determined by the interactions of the clay body with the fire, ash, and smoke in the kiln.


I used Amadore clay from Laguna Clay which is rich in iron oxide, bringing a deep rust color to the body.



Approximate Dimensions

Height: 3.125 inches (8.00 cm)

Circumference: 12.00" (30.50 cm) [ Diameter/Width: 3.875" (9.85 cm)]*

*At widest point

"Half Moon" by Michael Gorman

$425.00 Regular Price
$297.50Sale Price
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