It’s been said that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’ That is true, but we all know when it comes to art, beauty can be very subjective. A piece that is viewed as priceless to one person can make another tilt their head and say, ‘I don’t get it.’
That perception can be a challenge in our business. Everything we do is by hand. Throwing on the wheel, handle/medallion application, bottom stamping – including hand dipping our pieces when in bisque form.
Now trouble can start during any stage of the pottery making process. For instance, when the greenware is fired for the first time, components of the clay body (proprietary blend of clay, minerals, sand and grog) will undergo chemical changes that will transform the color of the clay. We understand how our clay body recipe will react; now our artsy glazes – that’s a different story.
Due to their natural components, every glaze is formulated differently – and will react differently. Some glazes are thinner than others; meaning they will ‘run’ further on a piece vs. a thicker glaze. This isn’t too much of a concern unless you are ordering a two-tone color. It is here that you will experience different drip lines. Some glazes will ‘run’ more – like our Royal Green and Seaspray colors pictured above that drip behind the medallion, where thicker glazes will most likely rest on top of the medallion similar to our Glacier Frost and Ivy Mist colors shown below. Different minerals, temperatures, even kiln placement has an impact on a final piece. It is virtually impossible to match the style and characteristics of different formulated glazes and get them to react the same way.
That’s why our stoneware is called art. Each finished piece is very similar yet different, due to the handcrafted quality and natural earth components. It’s the chemistry of the potter, clay and glaze interacting together that creates one-of-a-kind timeless pieces designed for daily use.
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