Serving from beautiful handmade pieces elevates the everyday task of eating to a cherished ritual. Winterwares ceramics are made with love in Fremantle and will make your dining table extra special.
Why do we value handmade objects over similar ones mass produced? Christi Barnes from Woven magazine answers this question so well; "For most of us at least, we treat handmade objects differently. They have a bit of the creator's soul imbued in their fibres, a charisma breathed into them as they're fashioned. They elicit a respect not just for the object necessarily, but for the inextricable element of another they possess. Even the most everyday of handmade objects – a hand-stitched napkin, a favoured wooden spoon – bring with them a touch of humanity"
We must choose wisely the items we bring into our homes, considering how they're made, the resources it took, the longevity of the piece and what part it plays in supporting our emotional and mental wellbeing. Choosing a locally made, handmade bowl is choosing to be more thoughtful about how we tread on our planet and the legacy we're leaving our children. It's an intentional decision to invite beauty and connection into your everyday life. See below the 9 step process every Winterwares piece goes through before it goes home with you.
1. Prepare the clay
We wedge and blend together several of our favourite Australian clay bodies. It’s what gives our pieces the bespoke Winterwares speckles.
2. Roll and cut
The clay is rolled into sheets or coils depending on the piece we’re making.
3. Shape the piece
Every piece is handmade, right here in our Fremantle studio. The clay is moulded, pressed and shaped into the vessel it’s going to be.
4. Stamp and air-dry
Each piece is stamped with our insignia and sat to dry. The clay has to be bone dry before it can be fired. Drying takes one to four days, depending on the weather.
5. First firing, bisque
Once dry, it goes into the kiln for the first firing. Baked to 1000°C. The kiln takes 12 hours to heat up and two days to cool down. Bisque firing changes the vessel from clay to ceramic.
Once bisqued, the vessel is strong enough to handle without breaking. Each piece is individually dipped into the Winterwares glaze. Our glaze is made in small batches on site, using recipes we’ve honed over years of trial and error.
7. Second firing, glost
Into the kiln again for the glost firing. This is where the magic happens. The intense 1280°C heat of the kiln makes the speckles appear and transforms the vessel into a functional piece. There’s an unpredictability to the process that creates variations in the shine, hue and shape that we admire as part of the beauty of hand made.
8. Clean and inspect
We check and wash each piece to make sure it passes our strict quality standards.
9. Wrap, pack and ship
We lovingly wrap and carefully pack your order to ship from our studio to your home. Our packaging is plastic free and biodegradable.