Salt Kilning & Rowe Pottery

Salt. It’s used to heighten flavors in dishes or to perk up some interest in the savory flavors, but who would have thought of salt on the dish?

It is an old form of glazing dishes, bowls, and other containers. From the Rhineland it was born to the world. Originally used on pieces of stoneware, the processes involves tossing in salt into the kiln while they bake. The sodium from the salt meets the silica in the clay creates a glassy like surface and, traditionally, with pocks like a citrus fruit. Those Germanic peoples immigrated to the UK and US over the years and brought their craft with them.

This form of glazing requires a specialty kiln as vapors from the glaze are very caustic, eating metal and particular types of brick. Different elements in the salt create a wide variety of colors, blues, browns, and even purples. The process of salt firing is an entire operation full of different possibilities, variables from the amount of salt, type, at what temperature, size of crystals, all dictate a different result. That means there are two distinct art forms are at work when making a piece of salt kilned pottery: the creation of the actual piece itself and the labor intensive glazing process.

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we carry beautifully crafted works from Rowe Pottery in Cambridge, Wisconsin. When you buy a one of the Rowe Pottery lamps from us you are getting one of a kind piece of work. Much like the new Albany Ash Pottery Lamp, which creates a large focal point to any room and is hand glazed creating a unique lamp each and every time. The glaze selected for our line isn’t full specks from the salt even though they are all salt kilned. Rowe Pottery uses a different glaze that keeps most of the blemishes off, the lamps are almost completely smooth and rich in color with only minute of bits of sand. The look is rustic and old, but is cleaned up by not being coated in the normal sand marks. The lamps are heavy with it weighted to the bottom, not much need to worry about these lamps being tipped over by kitty.  All of Rowe’s work comes with a their signature stamp in the clay, so you know you are getting the real deal. The base is left unfinished for a better grip on surfaces, adding to the lamp’s stability. The jug handles are applied by hand and create a perfect traditional or country look. Need a big lamp or a small lamp? We have the right size to fit your needs with the Country Classic Lamp collection. This collection exemplifies what beautiful pottery can do for your space with full colors and classic styling – they are a great addition to any home.

Salt kilning is a complicated and arduous task, but Rowe Pottery does amazing work and we’re proud to carry their lamps.


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