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This is a pressed plant pottery piece. Various plants from Michigan are used to make the 3-D impressions into wet clay. Each piece is then air dried with the plant removed, followed by hand sanding to perfection. The piece is then fired to just below 2000 degrees for the bisque firing leaving a clean white slate to paint on. Underglaze stain is handpainted on each piece trying to recapture the original beauty of the plant. This is much like water colors, with some pieces requiring layers of different shades adding to the plants beauty. A clear dinner ware safe glaze is used on the surface with the piece being fired again. If the piece makes it through all these steps safely, you have a one of a kind art statement.
Most pieces are white clay with a shiny gloss surface. Each piece is shipped with an informational insert that tells about the creation process. The jewelry items are shipped in their own individual plastic package with the informational insert. Other pieces such as bowls will come with an informational insert that gives the cleaning instructions, since these pieces can be used for food service in the oven and microwave.