A hand turned Ironstone Bowl


Ironstone bowl

Ironstone is a sedimentary rock that contains a substantial proportion of an iron compound from which iron either can be, or once was smelted commercially.

Hand turning this bowl was my introduction to, and the first time I’ve worked this very distinctive stone.  It is medium to course grained with its colour varying from orange/brown, dark brown to white with some fine grained mineral veins.

Hand turning an ironstone block

Ironstone bowl hand turned

Ironstone dust

This piece of ironstone needed delicate handling and I nursed it through the process.  I chiseled off tiny amounts at a time – initially making a cylinder and then shaping a simple curve for the bowl.   Lastly I carefully hollowed out the inside, boring into the vessel until I had sufficient depth.

Hand turned ironstone pot

Ironstone bowl

It was a very talkative stone, crackling and snapping and sending plumes of fiery dust into the air as it spun.  Everything in the workshop (including me!) was covered with a fine layer of orange.

The finished ironstone bowl

For all the fuss, a rather beautiful pot emerged, and I’ve got to know this stone a bit better.

Ironstone bowl




One Comment

  1. Comment by ellen abbott:

    it is lovely.

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