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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."

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