Extra-large bowl with Guan glaze cg023
With transparent Guan ice crackle glaze
This type of extra-large stoneware bowl with Guan (snowflakes or fish scales) ice crackle glaze is a unique and unrepeatable piece. It has thick glaze areas where these types of overlapping fish scales are created within the transparent glaze and stand out against the cream-white stoneware of the piece covered with a black slip. This stoneware bowl is a work of high craftsmanship, elaborated and carefully designed in all its details.
It is a large bowl in the shape of a flower, perfect as an exceptional decorative piece. It has a capacityof more than two liters and a half and a size of about 12,5 cm (5") high by 28 cm (c.11") wide. It is the right size to use with dry flower arrangements or non-liquid foods, fruits, nuts, candy, etc.
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This special transparent glaze called Guan or Kuan, is a Chinese formula from about 800 years ago, which highlights what could be considered a flaw in the glaze. But that becomes an effect of great beauty and delicacy. Within the glaze flakes of translucent crystals are formed that resemble fish scales or snowflakes, but the surface is smooth and shiny. These unique effects are very difficult to achieve. The base is unglazed, which is normal for handmade ceramic pieces. This is not a problem since the piece is vitrified and is practically waterproof. It is also polished so as not to affect the surface of the furniture if used properly.
This bowl is made of stoneware, like the others cups, mugs and glasses of different sizes and the bowls, plates, etc. to be used with foods you find in this store. Porcelain with walls of normal thickness and stoneware are the materials used for the manufacture of tableware for restaurants and for the home. They are food safe and suitable for the microwave and dishwasher. There are other pieces such as porcelain bowls or salad bowls that also share these features.
Although porcelain is a harder material, it is more delicate to work with. But it allows to make thinner walls and can be translucent. This makes it perfect for special pieces and lamps and not so much for daily use like those of stoneware.
This piece was fired at high temperature (first at 980ºC-1800ºF, then glazed and fired at least once more at 1250ºC-2280ºF). I prepare the glazes myself using high quality raw materials, which are properly fused into the piece in the final firing. Thus they are transformed into an inert glass that is not altered by the acids of some foods. Unlike the other bowls, cups, glasses, plates, etc., all made for use with food found in my store (food safe, microwave and dishwasher safe, and resistant to sudden changes in temperature), I cannot certify that this Guan glaze bowl is suitable for liquid food, neither microwave nor dishwasher safe, it is better to wash it by hand.
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