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Technique

Masoud creates his ceramic vessels, platters and wall pieces by hand, using coiling, pinching and sculpting methods. He decorates his work with variations of coloured slips (small amounts of oxides mixed with white clay); once they’ve reached the hard leather stage, he burnishes them with a polished stone two to three times (each time taking two to three hours, depending on the size of the vessel), then bisque fires them in an electric kiln. They are fired a second time in an outdoor kiln surrounded by hard and soft wood saw dust, various grasses, sea weeds and other treasures from nature. This ancient technique of pit firing allows the four elements of earth, air, fire and water to play and interact with each other and make their own statement on the form, giving each piece its unique patterning.

mixing clay

Mixing Clay

getting ready

Getting Ready

smoke firing

Smoke Firing

“It is impossible to predict the outcome of my work; rather, I set in motion a series of conditions which ultimately establish their own pulse and life. With this thinking everything is assimilated and becomes absorbed as influence. Smoke is a transforming element which carries the possibility of beauty on its swirling journey. Yellow painted steel barrels are transformed over time to ochre, red, black and ultimately return gracefully to soil. Clay, the ordinary humble material, becomes extraordinary. All conditions bear witness to the change of my pieces, my attitudes and ultimately my life as an artist.

To work in such a state of creative purity is what urges me to continue my artistic journey.”

Masoud also uses a potter’s wheel, throwing chalices, elegant pitchers, plates and bowls, serving vessels and platters, wine and water cups, and other table ware upon commission.

He uses wood ash to create personalized glazes that are rich and colourful.  

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