2008-186a 'magma' bowl2008-173a 'Metamorphosis I'2008-213 Islands of Calleja

Left: “Magma” aperture poured bowl. 25 cm diameter.
Middle: “Metamorphosis I” aperture poured abstract vessel form. 25 cm diameter.
Right: “Islands of Calleja” aperture poured irregular bowl form.

Aperture pouring, or pot melting as it is colloquially known, is a simple and versatile technique to produce forms rich in pattern, colour and texture. The technique produces wonderful organic forms and patterns when used well. The downside of all this is that the patterns produced are individually not reproducible. It is possible to produce families of similar designs using the same parameters but exact copies are impossible. To my mind the beauty of these forms outweighs any considerations of creative responsibility.