These hand-built ceramic pieces can be used to hold paint. The set includes 3 pebble-shaped wells varying in size.
Each piece created is meant to embrace imperfections, and each wobble, asymmetry, indent, and other handmade quality is intentionally preserved. Seeing earth formed by hand grounds me (no pun intended) and reminds me to celebrate my handmade process of creating art while I'm using a functional piece of art. I hope it helps to remind you to embrace your process in its entirety as well because your creative journey is so very special.
No two pieces are alike. View the full collection.
This collection is an homage to many lands, named for their meanings and for the celebration of clay origins and the ground walked upon by our ancestors.
Raw, wet clay was pinched into pebble form and left to breathe for several hours until it reached a dryer, moldable form. It was carefully indented using foraged stones, creating a well for paint.
After about 24 hours, the piece was fully dry and ready for the first round of firing. It was carefully positioned in the kiln and high fired at 2200F (1204C) for 8 hours, then left in the kiln to cool for another 12 hours. This created the bisque material from the raw clay for the perfect preparation to add glaze.
After the piece's first firing, its design is planned out to determine where color and sheen is added. Once the resistant wax was applied to where glaze wouldn't be added, the glaze was mixed to a meticulous consistency that would evenly bond with the bisque material. The piece was then fully submerged into a container of the glaze.
After the piece was glazed, it heads into the kiln again for another round. Once the second round in the kiln was complete, this beauty revealed its finished result for the first time.
While the piece is "finished" after a final firing, there are finishing touches that are oftentimes missed in ceramics--the most important being a light sanding to the bottom the piece to soften the gritty texture.
After this rewarding process of playing with mud, a functional piece of art is ready for use.