Using a distinct firing and design process that's as original as the work it begets, Ellen Evans brings the dining and decorating experience to a whole new level, one platter or bowl at a time. With the ability to customize orders with patterns, names and the current year, Evans allows customers to make a truly personal connection to her handmade stoneware pieces. Each functional work of art is hand-kilned at very high temperatures, making it sturdy and dependable, before being painted with liquid porcelain through textiles and lace for exquisite patterns that are unique to each object. According to Evans, "I'm always searching for lace and interesting textiles in antique shops and markets. Over the last ten years I have developed a method for painting patterns to achieve a trompe l'oeil effect-the idea of working with textures in a new way is exciting."