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fluxed earth is the collaboration of Rye Senjen and Kirstie Murdoch: ceramicists based in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.

We work together to produce hand built and wheel thrown vessels and objects from mixes of Australian stoneware and terracotta clays. Our focus is on traditional Chinese- and Japanese-style high-fire glazes. The glazes are made by us from scratch using simple raw materials, including eucalyptus wood ash, feldspar, dolomite, iron oxides and clay. The colour in our works is primarily produced by iron oxides, like the rocks in our local landscape. Our work is influenced by the textures, colours and sounds of the box-ironbark woodland surrounding our studio.

Fluxed earth was how British ceramicist Ewen Henderson described clay. We think this term beautifully captures this complex material. Clay bodies and glazes contain fluxes, which allow melting and fusing of components of these materials at kiln temperatures. The term flux also refers to change and flow and reflects the transformation of clay body and glaze through firing and the movement that is captured in the final work. Our works are marked with Fe, both the abbreviation of fluxed earth and the chemical symbol for iron, which creates much of the colour and texture in our ceramics.

The land on which we live and make our ceramics is unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

Photo of Rye & Kirstie by Margund Sallowsky –


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