My fermentation crock design was based on research I did to determine how to make Szechwan bean paste. I wanted a gluten-free option and decided I'd make it myself. After much research, I determined making it myself would require some of the bacteria naturally in the air in the Szechwan province of China - and I wasn't going there anytime soon, so I'd settle to make the pots that it ferments in!
These are great for making sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, fermented veggies, or simply as a jar or canister on the counter.
Traditionally, water is placed in the rim around the top of the crock and the lid is made to fit down into the water to create a seal.
There is an option to specify the hand painted design you would like on a fermentation crock. And I can make the half-circle porcelain 'stones' used to hold the veggies/etc. under the liquid for fermenting if desired.
Made-to-order takes 6-8 weeks on average for delivery. Porcelain in particular is finicky and needs time to dry slowly.
Approx. 7.5" Tall by 5.5" diameter with hand painted design on porcelain with glaze.
My handmade pottery items are made individually when I "throw" clay on the potter's wheel to shape the basic form. Sometimes I literally throw it onto the wheel head to get it to stick well, but the process in-general is called "throwing". They are turned over, re-centered, and trimmed when the clay has been allowed to dry slightly. Sometimes I also start with slabs of clay that are then hand-built into their shapes vs. on the wheel. Handles and other clay additions are then added and the piece is allowed to dry very slowly to prevent warping or cracking. When the piece is completely bone dry it is fired in a kiln (think big clay oven) to a temperature of just over 1800 degrees F. After this first firing, the piece is then decorated with glazes that a much like a slurry of powdered glass in water and often do not look anything like their finished colors. When the glaze is dry, each piece is carefully loaded back into the kiln to be fired again to a temperature just over 2200 degrees F. This work is considered "mid-range" temperature pottery fired to Cone 6-7 upon completion.
These items are one-of-a-kind, handmade items and should be hand-washed or top-rack dishwasher washed. Dish-ware is microwave friendly as long as no metallics are used in the design; however care must be used to ensure you do not overheat them or thermally shock a piece for longevity.