BrennaDeeCeramics

BrennaDee Ceramics

Asheville, North Carolina · 229 Sales

BrennaDeeCeramics

BrennaDee Ceramics

Asheville, North Carolina 229 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(69)
Brenna McBroom

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Brenna McBroom

Cobalt Crystalline Flower Vase
Cobalt Crystalline Flower Vase
$120.00
Small Nickel Crystalline Cremation Urn
Small Nickel Crystalline Cremation Urn
$125.00
Small Emerald Crystalline Cremation Urn
Small Emerald Crystalline Cremation Urn
$125.00
Small Amber Crystalline Cremation Urn
Small Amber Crystalline Cremation Urn
$125.00
Small Emerald Crystalline Cremation Urn
Small Emerald Crystalline Cremation Urn
$125.00
Amber Bottle Vase
Amber Bottle Vase
$125.00
Small Aqua Crystalline Cremation Urn
Small Aqua Crystalline Cremation Urn
$125.00
Emerald Bottle Vase
Emerald Bottle Vase
$140.00
Matte Crystalline Bottle Vase
Matte Crystalline Bottle Vase
$140.00
Aqua Crystalline Teapot
Aqua Crystalline Teapot
$140.00
Amber Bottle Vase
Amber Bottle Vase
$140.00
Emerald Bottle Vase
Emerald Bottle Vase
$140.00
Emerald Bottle Vase
Emerald Bottle Vase
$140.00
Aqua Crystalline Lamp
Aqua Crystalline Lamp
$250.00
Amber Crystalline Cremation Urn
Amber Crystalline Cremation Urn
$250.00
Nickel Crystalline Cremation Urn
Nickel Crystalline Cremation Urn
$250.00
Aqua Crystalline Cremation Urn
Aqua Crystalline Cremation Urn
$250.00
Aqua Crystalline Canister Set
Aqua Crystalline Canister Set
$350.00
Emerald Crystalline Canister Set
Emerald Crystalline Canister Set
$350.00

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(69)
Priscilla Perkins

Priscilla Perkins on May 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The urn is unbelievably beautiful: I love the subdued but assertive colorplay of the glazes, as well as the peaceful shape. The artist gave me quick and helpful answers to my questions. I recommend doing business with her!

Lyn

Lyn on May 10, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent piece. My 2nd one from this ceramicist. Great transaction, packing/shipping. A favorite Etsy seller. A+++

Lyn

Lyn on May 2, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My first piece of matte crystalline. I have several glossy (term?) crystalline pieces. I looked at the matte form for a long time. Brenna's design is excellent and the glaze is beautiful. I have it displayed with antique wooden pieces, which create a wonderful accent to the glaze. BrennaDee is a favorite Etsy seller. Great piece, great transaction, great packing/shipping. A+++

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About

I design and create a line of crystalline glazed porcelain ware that embodies a sense of play within a paradigm of precision.

I’ve always loved to make things with my hands. Recently I stumbled upon an old first grade worksheet (a souvenir from my only year of institutional education) that asked about my dreams and aspirations. When asked what my favorite food was, I responded "tacos." When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said “an artist.” I was a pretty smart kid.

In spite of the early indicators of my artistic leanings, I didn’t start throwing pots until I was almost done with high school. I took some classes at a community studio and immediately felt like I had been called home. I watched youtube videos of more experienced potters, I read every pottery book I could get my hands on, I feel asleep visualizing myself centering a mound of clay, and I spent hour after hour on the wheel.

A little more than a year later, I decided to pursue my passion for ceramic art full time. In the spring of 2010 I arranged an apprenticeship with ceramic artist Judy Motzkin, and later that year I relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in order to become part of a vibrant arts community. While working with Judy I caught my first glimpse of a crystalline pot, and in the fall of 2011 I traveled to Oregon to apprentice with a potter specializing in the crystalline process. I fell in love with crystalline glazing, and I’ve since developed a body of work utilizing crystalline glazes. In early 2012 I made the leap to full-time self-employment as an artist; currently I sell my work online and through local craft shows and small businesses. My work has been featured in the Mountain Xpress and on the front page of etsy, and I’m a member of the Craft Guild of the Southern Highlands.

About the Process:

I throw all of my work by hand from a porcelain clay and glaze each piece individually using a precise and time consuming technique called crystalline glazing. While making a traditional pot requires five steps, this technique requires eleven.

I mix all of my glazes by hand, adding the right combination of zinc, silica, and frit to enable two-dimensional crystals to grow in the glaze during the firing process. Next, I apply three coats of glaze with a Japanese style paintbrush.

During the firing, I program the kiln to hold for long periods (sometimes as long as two hours) at extremely high temperatures. These “holds” give the crystals time to grow.

Glaze stabilizers like alumina inhibit crystal growth, so I can’t include them in the glaze. This means that crystalline glaze runs down the pot rather than adhering to the sides. To prevent the glaze from running onto the floor of the kiln, I throw a pedestal that perfectly matches the foot of each piece to catch runoff glaze. After the firing, I carefully remove the pedestals and grind the pieces twice: first with a bench grinder to remove any rough pieces of glaze, and then with a rotating silicon carbide disc to achieve a smooth finish.

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  • Brenna McBroom

    Owner, Designer, Ceramic Artist

    At 18 I discovered wheel thrown pottery and quickly realized that I wanted to make pots full time. At 20 I saw my first crystalline glazed pot and fell in love. And that, as they say, was that.

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