This porcelain vase was hand built from the finest English porcelain. Robert Frost’s Poem “The Darkling Thrush” was stamped letter by letter into its surface and the poem’s title was stamped into the base. After slow-drying for a few weeks to prevent the thin porcelain from cracking, it was bisque-fired, then it was glazed with a studio-made clear gloss and glaze fired to 1240 degrees Celsius. Then the 22k gold luster accents were painted on and it was luster fired to 740 degrees. It could also be used as a luminary by sitting a candle within it, which would make the letters glow from within. I hope you agree that the many many hours of work that went into creating this beautiful piece were absolutely worth it! Hand wash only to preserve the gold.