BrennaDeeCeramics

Wheel thrown, crystalline glazed porcelain ceramics

Asheville, North Carolina

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Items

 

Utensil Holder

$120.00

Utensil Holder

$120.00

Bottle Vase

$160.00

Flower Vase

$120.00

Utensil Holder

$120.00

Flower Vase

$120.00

Flower Vase

$120.00

Bottle Vase

$160.00

Flower Vase

$120.00

Flower Vase

$120.00

Bottle Vase

$195.00

Bottle Vase

$140.00

Bud Vase

$75.00

Bottle Vase

$140.00

Brenna McBroom

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Brenna McBroom

Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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  • Rebecca on Dec 6, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    I got this for my aunt and she loooooves it! She even commented about how it goes with another purple mug she has, which I had in mind when I selected this one! Super quick shipping from Brenna as always too!

  • uglyduckingcreations on Dec 1, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    The mug is absolutely beautiful and it was delivered incredibly fast. I'm also a fan of the biodegradable packaging.

  • Tori on Nov 26, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely beautiful and exceeded my expectations! As a fellow potter, I didn't see any reason to classify it as a "second."

  • Rebecca on Nov 25, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous, shipped quickly, and packed well, as always!! I’m a repeat customer and have a really great variety of Brenna’s pieces, and I just especially adore her purple microcrystalline glaze!!

  • Rebecca on Nov 25, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    I got this mug for my mom as she always loves using my own mug from Brenna with this same glaze when she visits. Brenna shipped it super quickly and my mom looooooves it and already used it this morning after she opened it last night!!

  • Rebecca on Oct 21, 2021

    5 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!!

  • Rebecca on Oct 20, 2021

    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!!

  • Rebecca on Oct 20, 2021

    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!

  • Rebecca on Oct 20, 2021

    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.

  • victoriaandfinch on Oct 19, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful piece - expertly made and the glaze is just stunning.

About BrennaDeeCeramics

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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.

Shop members

  • 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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Last updated on June 5, 2020
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All of my pieces are shipped via USPS within two business days of your order.