Bold brushstrokes, incised text and handprints animate the surface of this wood-fired form with the dynamism of action painting. The vitality of this work also sits deep within the clay body – a terrain of incisions, ruptures and encrustations. Sand-brown ash glazes and slips saturate the surface and add to its earthiness.
Since 1994 Charles Bound has fired work in an anagama kiln, a traditional outdoor Japanese tunnel kiln. Large plates are fired upright on their rims, full-frontal into the fire. Bound describes the kiln as an active partner in his work and he says it, ‘offers things I would never have seen or considered had I greater technical expertise and control of the process and outcomes’. 
Sim Panaser, July 2020
 Charles Bound, ‘Fired Earth’, Ceramic Review, 224 (March/April 2007), 32-35 (p. 34).
Bound, Charles, ‘Fired Earth’, Ceramic Review, 224 (March/April 2007), 32-35
http://www.charlesbound.com/ [accessed on 28 July 2020]
Not on display
Artist/Maker: Charles Bound
Object Type: Plate
Technique: Handbuilding, Wood-firing
Measurements: d. 600mm
Accession Number: 50726
Historic Period: 20th century
Production Place: Britain, England
Copyright: © Charles Bound
Credit Line: Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from Leslie Birks Hay and allocated to SCVA, 2016