Large handmade vase, carved stoneware vase with multi tone glaze effect is made by hand from start to finish.
I start by throwing the base on the wheel. Once hard enough I turn it over and trim the base itself. It is then taken off the wheel and coils of clay are built up over several days to form the shape of the vase. Once Im happy with the shape the pot is allowed to dry for a few days until it is leather hard when I start carving. This takes several hours and in this case was done over several days.
Once dry it is fired twice. First to 1000 deg C. The final firing is when I apply the glaze, which in this case is upto 4 colours hand painted on the outside in several layers of each to get the 2 tone effect. I apply 3 coats of black glaze then subsequent layers of the blue glaze, allowing it to dry after each coat. Inside is glazed a dark blue.
It then gets its 2nd firing to 1200 deg C making it extremely tough and waterproof.
Each pot is unique and numbered.
(all sizes are approx)
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Packaging. All items are carefully packed using recycled (used) boxes where possible.