Pottery Definitions

Ceramic
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Ceramic merchandise is food, dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.

Pouring clay thinned to a liquid consistency or slip into a ceramic mold creates the ceramic process. The mold is then removed and the detail work is completed on the item. Then it is fired, glazed or painted and then fired again to its finished state.

Earthenware
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Earthenware merchandise is food, dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe and has fluted edges to enhance design. Since hand painted earthenware is fired using a lower temperature clay and paint, its colors stay more vibrant. Earthenware, when fired to maturity is as strong and durable as stoneware.

Raku
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With Raku please allow for variation in colors and surface patterns. This cannot be completely controlled, but each piece will be one of a kind, unique and beautiful.

Raku is a low-fired pottery using porous clay and glaze. It is not recommended for food or water. The pottery is fired in a kiln, and then put into combustible material for color reduction, then into water to stop the process. It was first developed in Japan for the Tea Ceremony. Raku as we know it, is a current day spin off on an ancient Japanese firing technique. Heat, smoke, and fire, there is no other pottery firing technique that offers the excitement and dramatic results of Raku.

No two pieces will ever be the same, as the shape of the piece, glaze application, firing temperature, kiln load, and the weather (because Raku firing takes place outdoors) affects the final spectacular piece.

Stoneware
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Stoneware merchandise is food, dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe and has fluted edges to enhance design. Stoneware is our most popular selling merchandise. Stoneware is fired using a higher temperature clay and glaze and is very durable.

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