Moonjars & Vases / My Work · December 9, 2021

Nuka moonjar

Moonjars are traditional Korean forms used to store rice, vinegar and other foodstuffs. They’re normally quite large and often made in two sections. Bernard Leach famously gifted an exquisite moonjar to another famous potter, Lucie Rie. It’s quite an interesting story.


This one’s quite small and thrown as a single pot. It’s glazed with a glossy nuka glaze made from my fireplace ash. The light brown/gold colour streaking down the pot is where it is pulling the iron from the rim, which I dipped in a different glaze. You can see how the nuka is forming droplets at the bottom of the pot – a characteristically nuka thing to do.

Small moonjar