Functional ceramics by Paddy and Greg Skwira / Royal Oak, Mich.
Our glazes We use six glazes, in colors that invite a mix-or-match approach. Glazes are durable and lead-free, and our pottery is safe for use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher. We think the surface of a pot should dance.That's why we texture our pieces with carving, slip trailing and handmade stamps, and use glazes that play over these surfaces. By varying the method of application and the firing technique we can get more than one look from a single glaze, as shown in the examples below.
This is our most versatile glaze, a wispy green-blue that creates dramatic contrast with raised areas of a textured surface. . . .
Thicker, and at a slightly lower temperature, it moves toward an opaque hazy green. . . .
. . . and when it's applied thin and fired hotter, more of the dark color of the clay shows through.
This glaze ranges from a soft blue to a deep glossy blue-green, depending on the method of application and the firing procedure. Here's the soft blue . . .
. . . And this is the deep glossy blue-green that results from a hotter firing.
A glossy white that allows subtle glimpses of our dark clay body to show through on textured surfaces. A classic, classy look for serving pieces that provides a dramatic presentation for food.
This opaque, neutral glaze goes well with many color schemes. Under some firing conditions it becomes darker and more toasty, leaning toward butterscotch. . . .
Fired a little differently, it's a lighter, sandy color with a semimatte finish.
This deep blue glaze is elegant on flat surfaces and gives interesting dark accents when used over textured clay.
This soft green glaze was named after our granddaughter, Katie Berges.
When it's thick, this glaze is a rich cream color. When it's thinner and used on stamped or carved surfaces, it creates a a striking combination of cream, rust and deep red-brown.