SunbirdPottery

Handcrafted pottery and glass fusing

Bowen, Queensland 414 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (145)

SunbirdPottery

Handcrafted pottery and glass fusing

Bowen, Queensland | 414 Sales

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Jan Hornett

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Jan Hornett

Announcement    Handcrafted Australian made crystal glazed pottery and now art glass fused and slumped.

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Last updated on 24 Jun, 2019

Handcrafted Australian made crystal glazed pottery and now art glass fused and slumped.

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About SunbirdPottery

Sales 414
On Etsy since 2012
Video summary: Beautiful glass wind chimes swinging in the breeze with a lovely tinkleing sound

Handcrafted crystal glazed pottery and fused glass

GLASS FUSING AND SLUMPING

After years of doing pottery I felt a need to develop a new interest. As I already had the kiln, glass work seemed a natural direction to head.

The learning process began with understanding the different techniques and how to get ideas into a finished product. Many mistakes were broken up and recycled which you can do with glass but not pottery once fired.

New words to learn so I could understand what others were saying as I am self taught and rely on the internet and books. Like
"anneal" - cool slow to prevent stress
"COE" - ( coefficiency)rate of expansion when heating and cooling. All glass used together must have the COE or will probably break
"devitrification" - scum on the surface after firing
"fire polishing" - refire at lower temp to bring back shiny surface
"frit" - ground up glass. In pottery it means a mix of base ingredients.
and so it goes on.

After the first firing glass can be slumped or draped (I make my own ceramic moulds to suit) to create bowls ,plates, candle holders and sculptural pieces. Glass can be fired multiple times at different temps to get the effect you are after.

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.

So have a wander through my shop. Any questions please ask

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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 05 Feb, 2019
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Packaging

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

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.