Stormy Seas Crystalline Bowl
My ‘Stormy Seas Crystalline Bowl’ is a total showstopper! It was wheel thrown from high fire stoneware. The Incredibly luminous and defined crystals were created by layering a number of crystalline glazes which I make in the studio. The glazed formed drips around the bowl’s foot which act as little feet. I added a 22k gold rim which contrasts beautifully with the rich blue glaze. There are a number of pinholes on the rim and it doesn’t stand entirely level due to the glaze drips (the pinholes have been sealed with liquid quartz and the price has been reduced). I am still totally in love with this piece and I hope you feel the same way! It has a white liner glaze which is food safe. Hand was only.
There are many steps to making crystalline glazed ceramics so it is incredibly 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 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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