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Chinese Longquan Celadon Dark Stoneware Plum-Green Melon Vase
In order to create the most beauty of crackled glaze over dark stoneware, the firing temperature has to be higher than usual. On the other hand the glazing has to be thick as well. On this dark stoneware plum-green melon vase the artist Mr. Lu Wei-Sun used the nature of materials and created the ‘foggy-effort’ in the glaze.
Take a magnifier and look closely at the vase you will find the plum-green glaze which likes the fog between mountains. There are also tiny bubbles in the glaze that obviously has no time to run out of glaze during cooling. Crackle, a network of irregular cracks in the glaze caused by a disagreement in the rate of shrinkage between body and glaze during cooling. From the Song Dynasty and onward crackles seems to have been intentionally produced as decoration. However due to the shrinkage between dark stoneware and this plum-green glaze, some crackles broke the surface of vase and produced fission. Though it was common on the Guan ware with this kind of fission, the feeling of touch is interesting while holding with hands.
The Dark Stoneware Plum-Green Melon Vase is in perfect condition with Lu Wei-Sun’s signature on base and certificate in wooden box from his workshop.
Vase Completed: February 2008
Mouth Rim: 6.5cm