From Vallauris To ‘Fat Lava’

Ceramics, Porcelains and Vases

These boots were undoubtedly not made for walking. Despite its ultra-sensible appearance, this lone backyard galosh is a hand-crafted, painted porcelain vase. Artist Michel Harvey specializes in making functional sculptures that resemble odd objects. An amusing way to show flowers indoors or out, it is going to undoubtedly obtain many comments and double-takes. Handmade in Canada.

Laborious-paste porcelain is a type of white ceramic body comprised of a particular combination of predominantly kaolin (China clay) and petuntse (China stone, a feldspathic rock) that has been fired in a kiln to a very high temperature (1200-1450°C/2192-2642°F). This causes the ceramic to become very onerous, brittle, glassy and slightly translucent. (One can see via a really thin piece of porcelain whether it is held as much as the light). The manufacture of these vases would have required at least two firings – one for the ceramic physique and glaze and a lower …

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