Piece made by hand in the workshop of Estudio Vernis in Spain.
Estudio Vernís is a workshop that celebrates the craftsmanship and the unexpected of clay and wood firing. Each piece is individually made, by hand, in their workshop located in the mountains of Alicante, Spain. Timeless, durable and constantly evolving ceramics designed to be functional. The studio was founded in 2019 by Alejandra and Coke, a couple who studied architecture and decided they wanted to use their hands and natural resources to make something he identified with. They aspire to a world where each object contains traces of the hands that made it. That's why their fingerprints are present at every step of the process, from pinching clay to formulating ash-based glazes or splitting wood, leaving a mark in a durable and natural material, using techniques primitives and local resources.
The wood-fired oven and the position of each piece in the path of the flames make fire a fundamental and unpredictable element of the final piece.
MATERIALS : Chamotted white sandstone
COOKING : over a wood fire at cone 10 in an oxidizing atmosphere with pine wood.
Each piece is baked in the wood-fired oven they built in their garden. They bake them twice, first at 1000 ºC for baking the biscuit, then at 1300 ºC for baking the enamel. Their oven is an Olsen Fastfire wood-fired, downdraft oven.
It uses low density insulating bricks, which are therefore very light and do not heat up too much during cooking, so that most of the heat from the fire stays inside. The cooking chamber remains quite small compared to other wood-fired ovens: 40x40x90 cm. This allows them to deliver pieces to order within a reasonable time and to fire their pieces in a short time. Cookies take about 5 hours to bake, and glazes about the same time.
TECHNIQUE : Plate + pinch
EMAIL : Email from personal research, pine ash and rich in iron
COLOUR : Brown, black, with blue-grey
DIMENSIONS : Ø 16cm, 7cm high
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NOTE: Like any handcrafted product, these pieces may have slight variations in shape, color and thickness.