Measures 14 1\/2 inches across
Message From The Artist:
These ceramic pieces are made with stoneware, porcelain or a mixture thereof. They are glaze fired at cone 6 (~1,200 degrees centigrade) in an electric kiln. They are all wheel thrown and free hand decorated in a wax resist process. Great care was taken in ensuring that the glazes are devoid* of: lead, antimony, uranium, cadmium and mercury and are therefore safe for food. In my experience, there have been no instances of problems with thermo sensitivity with dishwashers or microwave ovens. However, due to the inherent properties of clay porosity** in conjunction with glaze crazing*** (a.k.a crackling) in all the pieces using these particular glazes, it is not recommended**** to use water in the vases. The bowls and plates should not be a problem in containing liquids in the normal course of serving and dining since the time period would ordinarily be much shorter (hours vs. days).
As for the artistic perspective, the challenge is to blend the form, glaze selection and design to hopefully create a beautiful and truly unique piece. This challenge continues to evolve over my thirty years plus of experience in this medium.
Given that these pieces (with the exception of the potter’s wheel) were handmade, some of the pieces may have imperfections. I suggest that you carefully handle and examine each piece for form and surface defects before you consider them for purchase. Pricing of the pieces took the “imperfections” into consideration
* Other than the negligible, trace amounts that naturally occur in the nontoxic components of the glaze recipe.
** Porosity: the natural absorption and permeability of the clay body defined as the proportion of pores, both open and sealed, compared with the total volume. The open, connected pores allow liquid to seep into and through a vessel.
*** Crazing: A network of fractures (oftentimes not readily visible in opaque glazes) in a glaze caused by differences in contraction between clay body and glaze during cooling or by subsequent expansion of the body. Crazing is a phenomenon that is sometimes deliberately sought as in museum worthy, antique Chinese vases and bowls.
**** Ignoring this warning could result in water damage to the surface upon which the piece is placed.