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Stoneware Compost Pail, Red Hot Chili Pepper Design

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There seems to be a lot of curiosity\/interest in these clay compost pails I used to make. Seeing that, I worked on improving the design so the handle hole is fortified with a pulled handle and the lid is designed to fit better with all the wire bale\/handle business going on. Tricky to fit!

This one sports a red pepper image in a label-like frame. I got the peppers fired into the bucket permanently using my photo silkscreen technique.

The process is rather complicted so I'll give it to you in a nutshell (should you be interested.) Using my Olympus camera, MacBook Pro, Adobe Elements 6 (photoshop) , Epson scanner, Canon printer I first make a transparency. Then I expose a piece of photo sensitive film, develop and adhere it to a silkscreen frame (made by my brother), print "decals" onto end rolls of our daily newspaper, soak the image in water, adhere to pot at the "leatherhard" stage of drying. Fire it once, wax or glaze over the image, glaze, fire again in "fred" (my REAL kiln) for 10 or so hours, cool for 24, open the door, voila!

This guy measures 9" tall, 12" with handle, 8" across and holds 6 cups or so of kitchen scraps. You can trust the handle to hold. I filled it to the brim with water and the handle functioned perfectly. Then I pushed with all my might against the bottom and pulled as hard as I could, the handle stayed in. I think it's the built in spring to the wire bale handle that makes it stay in place.

My pottery is made from stoneware, one of the most durable of clay bodies. It is made to be used! It is reduction fired to 2300 degrees, making it oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. The glazes I mix myself contain no lead or other materials hazardous to your health, so it's perfectly safe to eat and drink from.

Stoneware Compost Pail, Red Hot Chili Pepper Design


  • Materials: stoneware clay, wire bale handle with wood, handmade ceramic decals, high fire cone 11 glazes
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