Bringing zinc to life

 

Crystalline glazes are different from any other glaze. Zinc crystals are actually grown on the piece during the firing & cooling process. A special glaze formula, application and firing schedule all combine in a specific combination in order to grow the crystals. This glaze is very fluid and each piece has a custom made catch basin attached to the bottom to catch the glaze as it melts. After the firing, the catch basin is cut off and the piece finely sanded to give it a smooth finish. Every element of the process must be executed perfectly in order to create just one of the magnificent finished pieces.