SunbirdPottery

Handcrafted pottery specialising in crystal glazing

Bowen, Queensland · 385 Sales

SunbirdPottery

Handcrafted pottery specialising in crystal glazing

Bowen, Queensland 385 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(141)

Announcement   Beautiful crystal glazes adorn my handcrafted Australian made pottery. These include ornamental pieces, yarn bowls, mugs, vases, serving plates, lidded containers and more.

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Last updated on 04 Mar, 2018

Beautiful crystal glazes adorn my handcrafted Australian made pottery. These include ornamental pieces, yarn bowls, mugs, vases, serving plates, lidded containers and more.

Jan Hornett

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About

Handcrafted crystal glazed pottery

Hi I'm Jan and I love making pottery. I create most on the wheel and glaze with my crystal glazes. I make mainly functional ware for every day use and decorative art pottery for display or giving as special gifts.

I never touched clay until after early retirement as I needed something to fill in my days besides house renovations and gardening. Over the years I had tried patchwork, leather work and tapestry but they were not what I felt I could get really involved in for long term. So I started doing pottery . Besides some lessons at TAFE and a some workshops I am mainly self taught.

I have always admired crystal glazing but always put off working with it as it's a more difficult and time consuming field of pottery but so fascinating. After having to buy a new electric kiln I decided to give it a go. Read a lot of info and set to it. Just love it now because of the challenge of developing my own glazes that will work for my clay in my kiln. So many variables to be tested. I am really pleased with the results I am now getting.

THE CRYSTAL PROCESS: Each crystal glazed piece is unique. The crystals actually form in the glaze in a chemical reaction during the melting process when silica and zinc come together to form zinc-silicate & a small nuclei is created. After firing my kiln to 1250 degrees C in about 7 hrs it is then cooled to about 1120 degrees C for approximately 3-4 hours for the crystals to grow. The glazes run off the pot & need a special container to collect the excess glaze which is then separated and the base of the pot has to be ground smooth with a grinder.

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  • Jan Hornett

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    I am the creator, glazer, firer, sales person, packer, financier and work room cleaner. When not doing this I have gardening, lovely walks on the beach, taking photos especially scenery and of course the never ending housework.

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Last updated on 26 Dec, 2017
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Gift wrapping and packaging

My pottery is packed using the double box method with recycled boxes and bubble wrap whenever possible. Packed safe to arrive safe.

Gift wrapping available on request and forwarded on to the giftee if requested.

Damages

If your item arrives damaged, please contact me with a photograph of the damaged item ASAP. I will be happy to discuss refund or replacement.

Overseas orders

All overseas parcels are sent airmail with tracking. If combined price or insurance cover needed please contact me for a price.