Mug #2 in Blue Lichen Crystalline, 3.75"h (Ben Owen III)
Mug #2 in Blue Lichen Crystalline, 3.75"h (Ben Owen III)
Mug #2 in Blue Lichen Crystalline, 3.75"h (Ben Owen III)
Mug #2 in Blue Lichen Crystalline, 3.75"h (Ben Owen III)
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Mug #2 in Blue Lichen Crystalline, 3.75"h (Ben Owen III)

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   The Blue Lichen Crystalline glaze is one of our newer colors developed in the Crystalline Glaze Series.  This unique finish is created with a combination of cobalt, copper, and iron pigments.  The crystals are formed within the glaze along the surface of the vase during the cooling process of a kiln firing.  Due to the unique chemical properties during crystal formation, no two crystals are alike.  This glaze lends itself to creating completely individualized pieces.
   Resembling lichen growing along the surface of sandstone or the trunk of a tree, this Blue Lichen Mug is sure to become a favored piece in the home or treasured as a gift.  Fully functional and dishwasher-/microwave-safe.  Enjoy each morning with your favorite coffee or tea in a unique microcrystalline mug!  Measuring 5.75”l x 4.25”w x 3.75”h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.

   The Crystalline Glaze series was carefully developed by Ben Owen III over several years.  Various glaze materials with the potential to create unique surfaces and patterns were methodically manipulated during test series after test series until crystal formation became somewhat replicable.  Many of these crystal formations have been viewed as a comparison of various natural occurrences in the Earth’s environment.  Some resemble lichen on stone, lily pads floating along a lake or pond, moss on a tree trunk, and even blue jellyfish floating in deep ocean waters.
   To achieve this rare find, the kiln temperature is meticulously controlled as it rises AND as it falls, to encourage crystalline growth at specific temperatures.  The glaze is applied by carefully airbrushing multiple layers of complementary glazes.  The presence of titanium- and zinc-rich ingredients promotes crystal development, while various pigments tint the crystals.  We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind glaze!

This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2021).