Cherry Blossom 3

Cherry Blossom 3" Candleholder / Wine Bottle Coaster / Candy Dish, Brick Red , handmade wheel thrown pottery by Loma Prieta Pottery

Decorated with a cherry blossom design, this stoneware candle holder doubles as a wine bottle coaster or as a candy/nut dish. The recessed opening is a little larger than a 3" candle and is large enough for burgundy / pinot noir wine bottles which are a bit bigger than 3". I hand carved the cherry blossom design. The piece is glazed with a brick red glaze and the hand-carved design is filled with a variety of other contrasting colors. Three small cork pads are added to the bottom to protect the surface of your table.

I carved the cherry blossom design into the surface of this piece when the clay was dry enough to not distort but still wet enough to easily and cleanly carve. When applying glaze, I first fill the carved branches with a black wax resist and the carved Cherry Blossoms and leaves with various glazes. After waxing the carved areas, the inside and outside surfaces are glazed by dipping the piece into into the brick red glaze.

1.5" (3.8 cm) in height, 7" (17.8 cm) in diameter.

This piece was handmade on a potter's wheel out of stoneware and fired to 2340° F.

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