CenteredCeramics

Unique, Meaningful, Useful - The Salt Covenant

683 Sales

CenteredCeramics

Unique, Meaningful, Useful - The Salt Covenant

683 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars (200)

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Note from shop owner I am currently in the process of moving. Once we are in our new home and the studio is functional again, I will resume creating. Thank you for your understanding.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 23, 2018

I am currently in the process of moving. Once we are in our new home and the studio is functional again, I will resume creating. Thank you for your understanding.

Yana Boyd

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Yana Boyd

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About

Something that Means Something

I began making raku in my second year of college. When I took Ceramics as an elective, I was expecting an easy "A", not a life long love. Creating Raku is one of the most amazing things I have ever done in my life. I love the feel of the clay, and I love the amazing variety of the finished products. It is a long process, but the results are worth the time.

Including my husband in my art brought an entirely new and exciting element to the process. Having him work along side me, seeing him enjoy the process and be proud of the products is extremely rewarding for both of us.

The Salt Covenant idea was developed over a particularly eventful summer of weddings. We wanted to give something functional and beautiful to friends and family members starting their new lives together. Most importantly, we wanted to give something that would invoke a loving memory every time they saw or used the raku piece.

This concept progressed through a series of ideas and the passing of time. Due to inquiries about purchasing The Salt Covenant and the ever gentle nudging and encouragement from my husband, I set up this Etsy shop. A few months later we promoted The Salt Covenant through Offbeat Bride. The response and continuing journey of our work is sometimes unbelievable.

The Process of Creating A Salt Covenant Raku Egg
1. Wedging the Clay
2. Make clay balls
3. Thow clay
4. Dry to leather hard
5. Trim eggs
6. Cut out & trim egg opening
7. Dry completely
8. Sand egg & opening
9. Bisque Fire
10. Remove clay Dust
11. Apply wax resist & Apply 3 coats of glaze & Smooth Glaze
12. Dry completely
13. Raku
A. Allow eggs to reach Raku firing temperature
B. Use tongs to remove from kiln/place in container
with combustible
C. Allow burn time, place lid
D. Allow reduction time
E. Remove eggs with tongs & submerge in water
F. Allow cooling/remove
14. Scrub eggs to remove soot
15. Dry completely
16. Apply sealant
17. Inscribe eggs
18. Cut down & file metal spoons
19. Package with created & printed material:
A. Fill salt bags & Personalize with labels
B. Create information pack with:
Covenant card, care cards, Raku card, info card
C. Confirm shipment details
D. Safely pack eggs for shipment
20. Ship eggs

Keeping up with Salt Covenant Sales:
I do my best to manage my Etsy shop purchases and communications. This includes status updates, shipping times, and delivery confirmations and keeping track of special instructions from buyers. My normal response time is from 1-3 days depending on what's happening in our lives. If you have made a purchase or sent me a message and not received a message from me after 3 days, please do not hesitate to contact me again!

Best Regards,
Yana Boyd

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Shop members

  • Yana Boyd

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I take care of the clay part and sales of Centered Ceramics. Other things in my life include, Teaching Advertising Arts at a Career and Tech Center, Freelancing, and donating my love, time and energy to local and National rescue agencies.

  • Allen Boyd

    Owner, Maker

    I handle the labor intensive parts and help with the exciting firing process. I am a Quality Assurance Engineer who enjoys riding road bike and being on Stage in a kick-ass community theater, playing roles such as Ash from Evil Dead the Musical.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 25, 2017
Hi! Thanks for looking at my policies. I hope I cover everything here.

First and foremost these are custom made raku ceramic pieces. From start to finish it takes about 25 days to create the eggs. I try to keep a few finished eggs on hand for quick shipping orders, but I am not always able to have this option available.

Keeping up with Salt Covenant Sales:
I do my best to manage my Etsy shop purchases and communications. This includes status updates, shipping times, and delivery confirmations and keeping track of special instructions from buyers. My normal response time is from 1-3 days depending on what's happening in our lives. If you have made a purchase or sent me a message and not received a message from me after 3 days, please do not hesitate to contact me again!

Best Regards,
Yana Boyd

I WRITE the names of the couple, and wedding date on the bottom of the egg with an acrylic paint pen.

The eggs also come with preprinted salt bag tags. Available tags include - Bride, Groom, Wife, Husband, Son & Daughter. While the labels are preprinted and can't be customized, I am always willing to send blank tags that allow you to add your own personal touch. (I would do it for you, but my handwriting shouldn't be a part of anyone's big day.)

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
If you are unhappy with the product for any reason, I will be happy to work with you to make sure you are pleased with the product, or refund the item price and 1/2 the shipping. To refund you, you will need to repackage the egg and send it back to me. Once I receive the egg I will refund you through the method of purchase (paypal or credit card).
Payment
Shipping will be $15 dollars in the Continental US.

If you are close enough to pick up your order at my studio or work I will refund your 15 dollars.

Payment is required within a week of order.

Through Etsy I accept paypal & credit card orders. I will take cash or checks if you are picking up the piece in person.
Shipping
I use USPS.

I try to used recycled packing materials for all my shipments.

I had an egg break on it's journey across the country. It was sad. But, even down to the wire, I was able to get another one out just in time for the wedding. So please, if you want an egg, order at least 4 weeks before your wedding, just in case something bad happens, you know, like people drop kicking packages that say FRAGILE.

Local buyers can schedule a pick up.

I will ship internationally, but the buyer is responsible for customs fees and all costs associated with shipping.

I ship as soon as the piece is ordered and completed.

I am willing to ship the egg as a gift for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
EVERY PIECE IS UNIQUE!

There are not two identical pieces of Raku pottery! Raku glazes are ALWAYS DIFFERENT, sometimes the eggs have large crackling, sometimes small, sometimes both, they also may have black dots, and the smoke from the process can color each egg slightly and leave unique patterns. The glaze may also have interesting marks created through the firing technique or from the tongs used to take the egg out of the kiln. All these different marks are apart of the beauty of Raku.

Eggs range in size and shape, the widths are approximately 3 to 4 inches, and the heights are approximately 3.5 to 5 inches. The openings in the eggs also range in size and placement.

All the spoons used fot The Salt Covenant are found at local sales and shops, cut down, and filed by my husband. Some are plain some are ornate.

If you have a preference about any of the features of your egg (color, size, shape, opening placement or the spoon) please send me a message with your order. I will do my best to accommodate your wishes.

I use all upcycled material for the packaging. They bags are made from table clothes, sheets, and curtains. The paper I use to print on is left over from large cut sheets or old press cleaner sheets. Even the packaging material is recycled (except for the boxes).

Raku is made using a reduction method. So basically the sit in smoke for 20 minutes during the firing process. This can produce a "fire" smell. The smell goes away with in a few weeks. Or you may never notice it.

Is raku food safe? Well there are two issues... the first relates to the microcracking in the glaze that can cause seepage. Considering your egg is meant to hold salt (and salt only) seepage will not be an issue. The other issue regarding being food safe has to do with the glaze. Here's the real problem... many raku glazes make use of metals that are not good for you. The basic white crackle glaze formula used on these eggs contain only materials that are harmful when breathed in as powder form, so once fired, they are of no threat. Also the inside of the eggs are not glazed. The glaze on the eggs is on the outside and cracked edge of the egg only. I coat the inside of the egg with a food safe sealer.

So, is raku food safe... no. Are my eggs able to hold salt safely? In all the research that I have done I believe they are. I have my own in my kitchen and I use it daily.

I LIVE WITH 2 DOGS AND 3 CATS! I try my very best to keep them hair free, but I can't promise one won't sneak by me.

I am willing to bulk orders, please contact me for details.