golden ashtray10 x 11cm
the clay I have used for these ashtrays
has been in use since the kingdom of Noricum,
even before the Roman empire ruled these parts.
the deposit is now in the province of Burgenland,
but had fallen into neglect.
I revived it, digging the clay and refining it at my studio.
the clay contains a lot of iron ore that was also used
since the iron age because it is particularly easy to mine
at this site. iron tools and weapons made from it were
exported as far as Italy.
the clay is very short (containing a high amount of quartz),
making it the perfect choice for the thick-walled
ash-objects I have created from it.
I use it in totally unaltered state, extracting only large
size iron ore lumps and adding nothing at all