Strata tea cups

$120.00 Sold Out

Each cup comes with its own test tile.
Tamborine Mountain has a fascinating geological history which spans back 22 million years ago; its uprising is the result of eruptions from a huge near by shield volcano. Pockets of clay, high in kaolin; the result of volcanic lava, ash, heat and time, occurs extensively throughout the mountain. This collection brings together the 8 various stoneware and terracotta clay varieties I have found on private properties in the south, north and eastern escarpments of the mountain. Each have their own unique properties, colour and texture. I have created nerikomi pattern blocks using the iron rich clays and combined them with porcelain to create idealised patterns of the stratigraphy of the mountain, picturing the relative position of strata and its geological timeline.

This limited edition has been made possible from the generous support of a stART grant through South West Qld Regional Arts and Arts Queensland. Researching, locating, processing, testing and experimenting with these clays to ensure they can be inlayed into my porcelain cups has been very time consuming, but also a labor of love.

All of my ceramic pieces sold are useable and made to store liquids. The body of each piece is made using one of Australia's finest porcelains, fired to 1280oC and fully vitrified. Due to the thin walls of your porcelain piece, please be mindful that hot liquids will be hot to touch in a fine porcelain cup. Careful hand washing of your ceramic ware is advised.

Due to the nature of combining various non commercial stoneware clays, raw minerals and porcelain clays, your work may have some very superficial (thin and only surface deep) spilts on the outside. This does not change the function of the cup. If your cup/vessel leaks, of course please contact me, however, all cups are throughly checked and tested before sale.

I have applied Liquid Quartz ceramic sealer, which is a food safe, permeating sealer designed for use on unglazed ceramic ware.

approx: 260ml
9cm wide at rim, 7cm height

SHIPPING: I will ship orders within 4 days of receiving the payment. They will be well packaged and sent by Australia Post. Tracking number provided via email.

N.B. Due to postage delays, shipping will only be available to Australia, USA, Singapore and N.Z. while current world wide events effect delivery times. Parcels in Australia will be sent via express post and can take approx 2-4 days transit. International parcels are estimated to arrive in 20-30 business days using express postage. I apologise for the added expense and the delay. Australia Post provides insurance up to AUS$100 plus cost of delivery on each parcel. If you are purchasing more than 1 cup, you will notice the added cost of insurance has been added into the shipping.