Cobalt Crystalline Cup


This cobalt crystalline cup was wheel thrown from the finest English porcelain. The stunning crystals are really hard to capture in still photography and are even more luminous and defined in reality. There are a few scratches at the very bottom of one side of the mug, I was a little over enthusiastic when sanding the base to make it baby bottom smooth.

There are many steps to making crystalline glazed ceramics so it is incredibly labor intensive and time consuming, but I hope you’ll agree that the results are worth the effort! Every piece has a single-use, hand built ‘riser’ and ‘glaze catcher’ dish made to fit it perfectly for the glaze firing. This is necessary as the high gloss, 2 dimensional crystals need a glaze that flows a lot to develop, and all that flowing glaze has to go somewhere. After the glaze firing, the pieces are removed from the risers and catchers by a number of methods and then the razor edged base needs to be sanded, using 5 different grit sanders until it’s baby-bottom smooth. My crystalline pieces are glaze fired to 1300 degrees celcius over 16.5 hours. They are dishwasher safe, but I recommend to hand wash them to preserve their beauty.


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