Introducing The Shell Pot by Ferm Living
Carefully handcrafted in Cháozhōu, otherwise known as the “Ceramic Capital of China”, the elegant Shell Pot by Ferm Living is built to last a lifetime. Made with skilful precision, the raw materials used to create its detailed silhouette are meticulously sourced and extremely durable.
Its longevity and artistic detail can be traced back to the slow and complex ceramic making process, often requiring an intricate combination of traditional and modern tools and production techniques handled by several different people, each an expert in their profession.
The ceramic object is initially formed by slip casting, where perfectly mixed clay is poured into a two-part plaster mould to harden and dry. It is then hardened, retaining some moisture for the potter to trim the item.
“It is a skill in itself to separate the two parts of the plaster mould at the perfect time.”
From this point, a potter begins carefully trimming by hand using a pottery wheel, whilst cleaning the pot continuously with a damp sponge and smoothing over with special metal tools with angled blades. It takes a lot of practice to recognise the perfect consistency for trimming pottery. After being examined for its evenness and aesthetic beauty, the pot is placed in a special kiln running at 800°C for 7-8 hours.
“The ceramic-making process is slow and complex and is handled by several different people.”
The next stage involves coating with a reactive glaze by hand to ensure the pot is virtually impervious to liquid. After glazing, the pot requires a second firing for up to 12 hours, this time at 1,230°C, to achieve optimum results for shape and durability. Finally, each completed product is carefully inspected for any imperfections.
"Despite the fast-changing world, the 60 employees at the factory remain loyal to the true spirit of craftsmanship at every stage of production."
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Created in stoneware, the Shell Pot intimately captures the delicate curved ripples of a nautilus shell. Merging organic shapes with contemporary design, this seaside accessory can be used as a vase for flowers or stand alone as a decorative object. With a matte exterior and glazed interior, the shell pot oozes a contemporary feel and is ideally suited for a range of modern interiors.