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TrezlieBrooks

Sunrise Studio

Creston, Canada · 1 Sale

TrezlieBrooks

Sunrise Studio

Creston, Canada 1 Sale On Etsy since 2010

Announcement   Sunrise Studio creates beautiful hancrafted functional wheel-thrown porcelain pottery and specializes in flash luster glazes.
Pieces sell fast, pre-order now!

Announcement

Sunrise Studio creates beautiful hancrafted functional wheel-thrown porcelain pottery and specializes in flash luster glazes.
Pieces sell fast, pre-order now!

Trezlie Brooks

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Alchemy - the search of turning silver into gold...

I started pottery with the intent of eventually having my own voice. While others were working in stoneware, I was introduced to porcelain because of the whiteness, strength and durability of the clay. My work was all about line, form, classic shapes, and simple glazes. I dabbled in different firing processes always finding reasons not to continue with any of them. Yet, a decade later, there was still something missing. I was searching for the surface that suited my work.
I began my interest in Luster glazes after doing a Kosai workshop with Eduardo Lazo in 2009. I needed to develop my own non-leaded golden shiny glaze for porcelain. This quest was my introduction to the alchemy of turning silver into gold. My pottery is unlike others because of the Flash Luster glazes I have researched and developed. Unlike resin lusters or pigment lusters these elusive glazes were first developed in the early 1900’s. Decorative in nature, they cause porcelain to appear as if it has an iridescent metallic surface in different colours that change with the angle of reflection. I am fascinated with this body of work I am doing, finally enjoying every stage of production.
My pieces are thrown on the potter’s wheel. Once bone dry I use the traditional Chinese methods for trimming and after the soft bisque I wet sand with silicon carbide paper to get a soft smooth surface then fire to vitrify the porcelain. A liner glaze and / or glazes with the nitrates of precious metals (copper. bismuth, and /or silver) are sprayed on the vitrified porcelain and fired again to cone 03 in an oxidation environment. A thin metallic surface embeds under the glassy matrix and develops further during the fourth firing where a reduction atmosphere is started upon cooling. It is this reduction temperature that controls the colour of the glazes. Further testing has also led me to matt variations with colours similar to raku. Subsequent firings are usually made for effects or fuming with stannous chloride.
Now all of my learned techniques are incorporated into one and each piece is mysteriously unique. My work is not only decorative but is functional in the fact that my work will hold water. I am currently testing low fire clays with the intent of creating lustrous dinnerware. Although I am hesitant about using other clays I have recently read an article that earthenware clays can be just as strong and durable as porcelain. It is the infinite variety of these effects that would keep my work fresh and of interest as well as learning and growing as an artist.
One might ask why I would choose to stay with porcelain when there would be other clays that could be more appropriate for lower temperature glazes. I enjoy the process of working with porcelain. I am accustomed to using the traditional Chinese methods of throwing as well as the tools and process of trimming dry. It is the time of the day when I need to be mindful. I appreciate the blank canvas where glazes come alive. The only deterrent is that pieces do not ring like a bell after going through multiple firings regardless of all my efforts.. Other clays do not give me the tactile qualities I am looking for. It is important that my work is elegant, jewel-like and weightless.

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  • Trezlie Brooks

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Trezlie's background is in non-traditional trades for women, She is very fortunate to be working as an artisan. Working with clay truly makes her happy and mindful. Trezlie pushes herself to learn, grow and explore yearly.

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Last updated on April 24, 2013
Welcome! I am so happy you found me!

As I harmonize with the wheel and the technical aspects seem to develop, I realize it is also the emotional attachment to the work that excites me. The focus of my work revolves around our daily human rituals. I would like each vessel to evoke a memory of friendship, comfort, beauty or family. Each piece has its own form and function and should be used and handled daily. I love that people have intimate relationships with my pottery, plates used for family dinners, vases given for special occasions, a teapot part of a conversation between friends, or the simple mug caressed during a stroll through the garden. Unique individuals, but like friendships as a group on the kitchen shelf I hope they share the space by complementing each other.

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Pricing is in Canadian Dollars. I am able to ship worldwide. You can pay by check, credit card over the phone, or PayPal.
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I will ship using the method you prefer best. Greyhound, courier or regular post. Insured shipping will be approximately 10% of the price of a pot, with a minimum of $20. If you sign up for my newsletter there will be no shipping charges and special prices on my "Pottery of the Month" Club.
Refunds and Exchanges
If by chance you are not totally happy with the piece you have chosen, I offer a 30-day return policy. If it does not seem as beautiful in person or as you envisioned please return it and I will gladly replace it. I truly want you happy with the pot you have chosen. If you decide that my pottery is not at all what you expected, and you can’t think of a person you could maybe gift it to, then I will most definitely refund your purchase price, less shipping. Thank-you!
Additional policies and FAQs
I always try to put my best work in the homes of others. I keep my seconds for myself so please do not ask if I have a sale on blemished pieces.

As it is important that I have a personal relationship with you, please email me to see my current availability. I try to have these forms in stock ready to glaze and fire in the colour of your choice. I will send you some images for you to decide which you love the best either by email or text after they are fired.