Rebecca on Oct 21, 20215 out of 5 stars
This is the cuuuuutest little planter!! I’ve got a tiny succulent that is about to outgrow its home and this will be perfect for it!!
5 out of 5 stars
This was the first item of Brenna’s that I got that had a regular crystalline glaze instead of microcrystalline, and I was wowed!! Pictures don’t do it justice, especially the lid!! And it keeps my tea warm for hours, so it’s perfect to take upstairs and keep me going all day when I have lots of meetings!!
5 out of 5 stars
This toothbrush holder is the perfect size for my electric toothbrush when it’s not charging. I used to stand it up on the counter but was always knocking it over. The color (which I already have in a mug!) matches my decor perfectly as well — win-win!! Brenna’s pieces are always gorgeous and this is no exception!
5 out of 5 stars
Brenna’s pieces are amazing, and I had been wanting something in her purple microcrystalline glaze since the moment I set my eyes on it! This vase does not disappoint! The purple and the crystals are gorgeous, the size of the vase is perfect, and I love the swirly details!! Brenna packed everything with care and shipped quickly, as well as refunding shipping overages since I ordered multiple items.
Michele on Sep 24, 20215 out of 5 stars
I am so happy I finally got the opportunity to purchase a toothbrush holder/teeny bud vase. The crystalline glaze is gorgeous and pictures do not do it justice, it’s even better in person! 🤩 The weight of the piece feels really nice and I’m so satisfied with my purchase. I can’t wait to treat myself again with another piece by Brenna.
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.
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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