There was no furniture, save a single long dresser covered with coarse crockery, and a number of wooden benches and trestles, the legs of which sank deeply into the soft clay floor, while the only light, save that of the fire, was furnished by three torches stuck in sockets on the wall, which flickered and crackled
, giving forth a strong resinous odor.
Although the heat was so intense that the paint on the houses over against the prison, parched and crackled
up, and swelling into boils, as it were from excess of torture, broke and crumbled away; although the glass fell from the window-sashes, and the lead and iron on the roofs blistered the incautious hand that touched them, and the sparrows in the eaves took wing, and rendered giddy by the smoke, fell fluttering down upon the blazing pile; still the fire was tended unceasingly by busy hands, and round it, men were going always.
Akiyama Yo is known for his abstract black sculptures with a distinctive crackled
4 When the meat is cooked, if the skin still hasn't crackled
Then, as it crackled
on, unabated, he said in a subdued voice: "Sounds like the frying pan."
Most of the early Satsuma ware was simply made and featured a cream coloured body with a slightly yellowish glaze that was finely crackled
. This crackled
glaze remains a hallmark of collectible Satsuma to this day.