One-of-a-kind porcelain luminaries come with a battery operated votive candle to ensure safe use. Use of flame will make porcelain lid very hot - take care. Each piece is hand made on the potter's wheel starting with a lump of porcelain clay. Piercing, carving, and hand painted print-making techniques are used in design work. I use a scalpel to cut the lids of these in order to ensure they fit snugly. See videos in Artist's Processes of some of these pieces.
Large Luminaries: Approx. 6" tall and 3" diameter at widest point.
Small Luminaries: Approx. 3.5-4" tall and 3" diameter at widest point.
Luminary: porcelain, underglazes, print techniques, glazes
This item is one-of-a-kind. My one-of-a-kind work is called 'Heirloom' because somewhere deep inside me it is my hope that you will pass this along through the generations for others to enjoy its unique nature. I also call items 'Heirloom' when I've spent more hours creating and decorating a piece than I could ever truly recover by charging a premium for it. It's part of the process I love. It's part of what makes the medium ever-changing for me. It's part of the challenge of what new creativity might be drawn out and onto my work.
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.
Standard household cleaning products acceptable for cleaning. Top-rack dishwasher friendly. Heat/Flames makes any ceramic hot - take care in handling after use until at room temperature.