Handmade Ceramic Dinnerware: Scalloped Lidded Jar (L), Crackle Glaze - 1224 - 118
- A hand made dinnerware made by Thomas Arakawa.
- Authentic, natural, organic glazing
- Deeper earthy clay tone and rich glaze color
SKU: 1224 - 118
Artist: Thomas Arakawa
Material - Clay: Dark Brown Stoneware
Material - Glaze: Crackle Glaze
Dimension: L x W x H: 8 x 8 x 8.5 (in inches)
Weight: 7.5 Lb
Hand Made Process
Design: We design each containers with functionality, usability and harmony in mind. The color and tone is kept low-key but interesting and authentic for the reason. We improve the functionality and ease of use of our containers through working with hundreds professionals and artists.
Throwing: This container is made on the potter's wheel by Thomas Arakawa individually. Shaping the form is done by just fingers and measure several times to make sure the dimensions are close to desirable size. When the piece is half dry state like leather-hard, surface is decorated by trimming, carving and fluted.
Glazing: Thomas and Kathy apply glaze individually by hand in order to get the authentic, natural, organic aesthetics. Each glaze has unique particular thickness and clay body selection makes variety of tones. We monitor specific gravity of the glaze (ratio between glaze and water) and application method and timing.
Firing: The container is finished with our high-fire reduction firing process which brings the deeper earthy clay tone and rich glaze color. During this 13-hours-long firing process, we reduce the oxygen level inside the kiln in varying degree from 1600F to 2300F. The result of the firing also depend on how kiln are loaded. The density and negative space between the pottery create channel for the flame to travel in various speeds. We use our understanding of the nature/tendency of flame in the kiln to control the atmosphere which each pottery should be in. As a result, our containers holds a low-key but complex deeper tone.
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I am a bonsaist and I have used a number of Arakawa containers for plants, starting when I discovered their containers on a trip to San Francisco several years ago. In some cases I use them in unconventional ways. I intend to use this for a tropical cascade, but I don't have the material ready yet. It is so beautiful, it is tempting to keep it just for display, but it will look amazing with a cascade in it. (I will have to drill some drainage holes, but I'm used to doing that).
Hi Carl, Thank you very much for wonderful review! You are very creative! And we are here to support your creativity. If you like certain pot and planning to put a hole, let us know. We can make holes including for training wire and cut out on the foot for drainage from the beginning. We charge no extra for customization as log as it stays in general size and shape. Think of us as your personal 3D printer! We are looking forward to see the finished bonsai piece with lidded jar! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa