Established in 2012 and known for his use of crystalline glazes on porcelain, Milan Pekar has experimented with this technique to create award winning vases. This rare glazing technique involves playing with temperatures and oxides to create an environment where the crystallines can grow.
“After many months of test firing various types of glazes during the project, I became very interested in the Crystal Glazes. I have put in many hours for the research and developed my own glazes. It took many many disasters, testing, remixing, experimenting, to active the results that I wanted finally.
To achieve certain effects that I need to create, after mixing all my glazes, I fire vases of Crystal Glazes by adjusting temperature in different stages by upping and downing during the firing which requires careful monitoring regarding temperatures.
Crystal Glazes take me to the fascinating adventure. There are endless in variations of glazes that one can produce. These exciting glazes can be achieved by adding different oxides and ingredients. To show Crystal Glaze at its best, I have designed collection of vases that are based on simple geometric shapes and proportion. To achieve cleanest and purest shape for glaze application, model of vases was first made of plaster then made into casting mould and after, they were slip-casted from porcelain. My goal is to show this colourful blast of crystals but not to go over the top.”
Playing with volume, the smallest vase can fit in the palm of your hand whilst the largest represents the human body.
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