Cornflower Crystals Bud Vase (Second)


My ‘Cornflower Crystals Bud Vase’ was made from coloured porcelain slip and crystalline glazes, both of which I create in my studio. It could be used as a vase or as a bottle with a cork stopper (not included). This is a second as a small segment chipped off the base while detaching it from its riser. It’s a small flaw that doesn’t affect its function and has been reduced to reflect the flaw.

Crystalline glazes are a specialized glaze which must be measured out extremely accurately from a variety of raw materials. During a very long and hot glaze firing (1300 degrees Celsius), zinc silicate crystals form on the piece. The glaze is designed to be very runny as this assists in the growth of the glossy crystals. To avoid the pieces from bonding to the kiln shelf, a ‘riser’ and ‘drip dish’ are made to match each piece and after the firing process are removed. This leaves a jagged edge, so I grind and sand each piece down with 5-6 different tools, until a baby-bottom smooth base is achieved. It is a very lengthy process with a comparably high failure rate, but I hope you agree that the results are worth it! To ensure the longevity of the glossy crystals, I recommend hand washing crystalline work.


1 in stock


Approx 17.5cm


Approx 4cm


Approx 150ml