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handmade porcelain jug

by Daniel Bellow $94.00 SALE - $74.99
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Swell Swills

Resembling props plucked from a Civil War-era canteen, these iconic swill jugs enter the 21st-century as a swoon-worthy, functional sculptures in potter Daniel Bellows' hand-thrown interpretations. Taking his inspiration from a book of antebellum American antiques, Daniel reimagined and juxtaposed these rugged bottles' forms in elegant porcelain that is further softened with gray and ombre lavender and periwinkle glazes applied in brushy strokes across tactile slabs of fired ceramic. These slender homages to the pitchers of the past add artistry to interiors as they recall visions of saloons, sheriffs, and moonshine. Handmade in the USA.

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non-toxic glaze, porcelain
Approx. 13-14" H x 6" Dia.
Dishwasher and microwave safe
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Daniel Bellow

Daniel Bellow

Made by hand on the potter’s wheel, one piece at a time, in a 19th century carriage barn in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, Daniel Bellow Porcelain offers a full line of fine dinnerware. "Belloware" is non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave-safe.

Daniel's work is all about form. He single-glazes and lets the kiln do the rest. Daniel uses a downdraft gas kiln he built from scratch in 2003, a cube of firebrick 54 inches square and six feet high so he can stand up inside to load. He also fires in a reduction atmosphere, which yields a rich glaze surface and colors that make oxidation glazes fired in an electric kiln look pale by comparison.

Daniel notes "things that are made by hand have a life of their own, a spirit, that machine made objects, no matter how well designed, are lacking. Surround yourself with useful, beautiful things made by real people. A life well-lived is itself a work of art." collection

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159votes, 14 comments

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

These Handmade Porcelain Jugs make a statement on their own, but they also look lovely filled with flowers or replacing your standard carafe. Is the gray glaze more your style, or would you proudly display the purple piece?

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magnificent work.

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real character in this one.

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Not really attractive and they don't look authentic.

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The colors and the visible seams take away from the "antique" look.

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I've seen much nicer at festivals

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Yummy combination of thrown and slab work, very current technique for a historical item. Love them!

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No they don't look "authentic" but that doesn't mean they aren't pretty.

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These are lovely! And so convenient online instead of tromping around festivals looking for "the one" !

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I like these. Could there be more colors?However I am a bit afraid to see their price. Would they be sold individually? Or in pairs? Discounts for multiples?

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

Thanks for voting, Emilie! These are the colors we are considering now, and they would be sold individually. What other colors would you like to see?


These would work into a modern Country decorating scheme VERY well. I'm thinking a home with gray as its predominant color continuing throughout the house in various shades of wall color, flooring

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