- What is the difference between your product and a factory/mass-produced ceramic object?
Everything I create is handmade and will show the marks of this process, which means that each piece is unique.
The pieces I make are hand-thrown on the pottery wheel in my home studio in Amsterdam. After the initial throwing on the wheel the pieces are dried for a day on the shelf before they can be trimmed. Then the piece is air dried for a about a week. When the clay is completely bone-dry I fire it the kiln for the first time at 950ºC, which results in a bisque fired piece. I then add several layers of glaze, often multiple glazes on a single piece, and it fire it again at 1220ºC.
The production of handmade ceramics is a time-consuming process. It takes a number of weeks to make a piece.
I share the photos of what I'm working on Instagram: @dewe_ceramics.
- How do I care for the product?
All of the handmade ceramics are made using 100% lead free and food safe glazes. They are created to be both dishwasher and microwave safe. Although the ceramic pieces are created to be durable, a few small practices will help the longevity of the ceramic piece.
Feel free to put your pottery in the dishwasher. When using the dishwasher try to use a more environmental friendly dishwashing detergent, because these are often less acidic and abrasive. When you wash the dishes by hand use a soft scrub brush and dish soap and avoid metal or abrasive sponges. Towel dry them afterwards.
The ceramic pieces are very capable of handling hot & cold temperatures, but when a piece is taken from one extreme to another quickly, it can cause it to crack or break.
It's best not to use them in the oven or expose them to an open flame.
Most of the ceramics are (partly) unglazed on the exterior. All the pieces are produced with stoneware clay and fired at cone 6, so they will be non-porous and completely vitrified. On the unglazed surface, when using it, you may see oil markings. As you continue to use the ceramics the marking on the unglazed areas will eventually even out. This marking on the unglazed exterior will not effect the safety of the ceramics in any way.
About once a month I have enough pieces ready to offer them for sale. I work with shop updates that I will announce via Instagram. You can follow along @dewe_ceramics.
- Do you make custom or wholesale orders?
My studio and kiln don't allow me to make large batches of my ceramics, so I'm not able to take wholesale orders at this time.
I do love to take custom orders and I have set the minimum amount for a custom order to 100 euro. I'm happy to discuss the options with you via e-mail. I carefully plan my custom orders ahead, so please keep in mind that your order will take about 6 weeks to complete.
I sometimes get the request for customizing a piece, but that's unfortunately not possible.
Please contact me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What are my payment options?
If you prefer to pay with by bank transfer, IDeal or Bitcoin (BTC), this is also possible. Mail to email@example.com and I will get back to you.
- I saw your Instagram story and there is a product in your shop update that I would like to have, can I reserve it in advance?
I'm afraid I can't reserve a product from an announced shop update for you. I want to keep it as fair as possible for everyone, that's why I announce my shop update specifically with the day and time.