We work with mid-fire stoneware because of its durability and its exceptional range of glaze character. Unlike painting, glazing is a chemical reaction that happens under heat and can react differently every time. Though we strive to create the most perfect shapes and finishes possible, this artisanal process makes each piece unique, and our ceramics show small evidences of the handwork that goes into them—a quality that we value. We produce in small batches, each kiln load with its own set of subtle details, color variations and character. We carefully match pairs so that they partner well together.
Our Core Glazes
To achieve the subtle finish of Fossil Gray, we apply multiple glazes in sequence, carefully firing the vessel. This can yield a vertical striation reminiscent of a Scandinavian hare's fur or a more even, speckled surface. The range is shown below.
Obsidian is a rich black satin glaze with a crystalline texture.
White Quartz has a subtle crackle and an almost crystaline eggshell quality.
Our Charcoal is a rich dark gray with a quiet hint of sage. The glaze treatment at the top of each lamp body results in a range of beautiful textures and draping qualities.
Pigeon is a plush celadon/gray with a glossy surface. The top break of cylindrical forms and the base of some vessel forms take on a warm honey color before easing into the celadon of the main body. Each firing offers varying nuanced details, from solid color to lightly speckled patterns.
Special Surface Finishes
We have three custom surface treatments. Our Carved and Bouclé finishes are available on the Miller, Lancaster and Laurel bodies. Each one-of-a-kind hand-carved vessel is glazed in our rich, metallic Anthracite glaze. Our hand-carved Canyon finish in Obsidian is available on any of our cylindrical forms.
We offer three wood varieties: Walnut, Ebonized Walnut and White Oak. All of our wood components are locally milled and meticulously hand-turned and finished. We seal each piece carefully to ensure that we preserve the wood’s character and integrity. Our White Oak has an even, consistent grain. Walnut exhibits a rich color and wide range of grain pattern and tone. Ebonized Walnut is a deep satin black that underscores the wood’s texture. All three make our lamps unique. We carefully match wood components when building pairs or multiple lamp orders.
We use the finest metal hardware on our lamps. Every solid brass component is painstakingly hand-turned and finished in one of two finishes: Satin Brass or solid matte Blackened Brass.