Splitfire Pottery by Bill Perrine

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Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:53 pm

I was first introduced to Bill's work in this thread from the TeaChat Forum, and I first bought one of his pieces through this TeaChat special order. I've long watched his Etsy shop and made occasional purchases. Some time ago I asked him if he could make me a pitcher for sharing tea with my office tea buddies--the group is up to about 10 people who often are happy to share some tea--because the ones I like that I've found online and in brick and mortar shops require several trips up and down the hall (and that's not good for a delicate tea that goes off when it sits too long). At the time I asked, he wasn't able to do it, but a year or three later, he posted a bunch of new teawares in my favorite shino glaze and there was a gorgeous pitcher among them, just right for my needs.

Here's almost the whole Splitfire collection together:

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and here is the pitcher

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and a closeup of one of the little contrasting colored gems on the pitcher:

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They're like jewels, beautiful from a distance and up close. The pitcher got a lot of comments about how lovely it is when it debuted at the office.

Bill makes a lot of pieces with a wider base than many potters, where the tapering to a very narrow base may look stylish, and for a not-so-graceful tealover who lives with rambunctious cats, Bill's wider-based pieces are terrific.

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But even this large yunomi--my first piece from that TeaChat special purchase--is thin walled and more delicate in the hand than it looks from a distance.

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This little gem is now my favorite hot-chocolate cup in the morning

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I still haven't gotten a shot that adequately shows off the amazing impact of the ultra-glossy gold against the grey ash streaks on this tiny cup

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This turquoise oribe glazed cup was gifted to one of my office buddies at work

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so it couldn't be there with the rest of the collection for the shoot.

Bill's Etsy shop is empty at the moment--I think being a grandfather is taking up a lot of his time. But it's worth checking out from time to time.
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