Local Clay Pottery Bottle
Believe it or not, the color on this bottle is a locally dug clay. I deeply love clay, and I deeply love the outdoors so it's almost inevitable that I would start digging clays. I sieve them to remove rocks and sand but other than that leave them true to their natural state. I do most of my digging in DuPage County, IL, and the clays around here are earthenwares-they have too much iron and other minerals to fire over 2000 degrees without melting. Here I've turned a local clay into slip (sort of like a paint consistency clay) by adding water and used it to decorate the outside. The slip acts like a glaze After this was decorated and bisque fired, it was fired in an outdoor soda kiln. A gas fired kiln, dry baking soda and soda ash are blown in at about 2500 degrees to give it shine. It reacts wonderfully with the local slips, I was almost dancing when we unloaded the kiln! The very shiny side is where soda landed heavily, and it washes out the color with a crackle effect. Where it meets the slip there is a beautiful line of olive. This piece measures 6" tall I will happily combine shipping. If you prefer not to receive a refund through paypal, please contact me before you purchase Please ask me about wholesale! A photo gallery of soda firing pictures can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.621527151203623.1073741828.620847444604927&type=1