Handcrafted fused glass and crystal glazed pottery

Bowen, Queensland

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


Last updated on 28 Dec, 2020

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



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Jan Hornett

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Jan Hornett


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Video summary: Beautiful glass wind chimes swinging in the breeze with a lovely tinkleing sound

Handcrafted crystal glazed pottery and fused glass

Hi I'm Jan and live in Bowen QLD, close to the ocean which is reflected in my glass work. Love the blues and greens of the ocean.

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.
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. I am self taught again relying on the internet and books for info.

GLASS FUSING : 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. Many mistakes were broken up and recycled which you can do with glass but not pottery once fired.

THE CRYSTAL GLAZING 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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    I am the creator, 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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My pottery and glass is packed using the double box method with recycled boxes and bubble wrap whenever possible. Packed safe to arrive safe.


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.

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