Just in time for Christmas gift giving. I posted my latest work in my Etsy Shop this morning.
Monday, November 21, 2011
This week I have posted some new work in my Etsy Shop. It has been some time since I tackled a large platter. I choose earthenware clay as the shrinkage is less, and I have fewer problems with the clay cracking around the bisqued form that I use as a mold. This one has turned out particularly pleasing, has fired with no signs of warping or slumping. I had fun decorating it in the majolica style that is popular in Italy and Portugal.
Coffee Mugs and Cups are particularly vulnerable to thermal shock and crazing, as hot liquid is poured into them, then when finished they are quickly rinsed under cold water. I am concerned that my pieces remain beautiful for years, and are food safe so I have devised this simple test that I run on each batch of fired cups.