This yarn bowl for crochet or knitting has a rich golden sunburst inside that flows and flowers into a complex mottled red and tan with the faintest blue highlights. White stoneware clay hand-thrown and worked on a wheel with trimmed base.
7" diameter, 3 5/8" tall.
This item's creation started millions of years ago when fine sediment collected and formed deposits of the clay now being mined and reformulated for use in pottery. With a little careful crafting, this sloppy substance takes form in my hands and on the potter's wheel. The best of those forms are brought to 1046 degrees Celsius in a kiln, where they vitrify and become ready to accept glaze. This glaze essentially becomes a glass coating on the piece when it is again fired to 1177 degrees Celsius, further toughening the body and leaving it smooth, colorful, and easy to clean.
Microwave and food safe.
Handmade in Belfast, Maine, USA, by Sett Balise, 2017.