Above all, Jars Brand of Stoneware rom France would like the design to be invisible; to be gently evident; not to burden you with “things” that are more or less decorative.
On the contrary, Jars would like to offer you beautiful and useful objects that can softly enter one’s everyday life with poetry and can have an amazing relationship with you.
At Jars, creative stoneware design is enacted through a humbleness towards the ceramic profession and the clay. It is their desire for the day to express itself with the maximum of simplicity so that elegance and softness can develop as the soul of the object.
How It’s Made…….The Characteristics
Jars Stoneware collects its raw materials from very specific locations and selects them with great care (clays, kaolin, feldspars, silicate, etc.) Indeed, everything is important in the production of high quality products that bring together utility and beauty. The clay for their Stoneware is refined, filtered, pressed and rolled with a great deal of care. The beauty of the final product will depend on the initial quality and texture of the clay.
Elegant Stoneware from the Hands of Artisans:
17 is the number of times a plate is in the hands of a ceramist before being finalized. Gesture, posture and knowledge of the raw materials are the basics of a long learning process. Many Ceramists' secrets are transmitted through generations from one to another.
Stoneware has a similar firing temperature to porcelain, around 2340 degrees Fahrenheit. Under such a high firing temperature, stoneware gets its very unique glaze aspect that gives it the name of “noble ceramic”. This is the most resistant in the ceramic family.
Thanks to the high firing temperature, this production process allows vitrification of the clay. The process is identical to that of the creation of the rock, millions of years ago……in this initial trilogy, often mentioned in ceramics, “earth, water and fire.”
Jars stoneware is environmentally friendly; all composed of natural materials; lead and cadmium free; clean, non-porous and very resistant which results in non-chipping.
Colors and glazes are natural and completely composed by Jars based on pigment and metal oxides. Each piece is glazed through a spray or dip-in process.
Contrary to what one may think, the enamel is not a thin layer of varnish on the clay. In the large family of ceramics, stoneware is the only type where clay and enamel are so closely connected. During the vitrification process at a temperature of 2340 degrees F, the enamel components fuse with the clay. This process allows the products to be non-porous and extremely durable which creates a very unique glaze that will always remind you of animal, vegetable and mineral substances.
The color variations are the results of a real artisanal, handcrafted work and of a living ceramic clay.
From Raw to Fired:
The role of fire….. The raw piece is first dried before being baked in the oven. During this transition, the clay leaves behind its soft form and moves towards its final shape and color.
The final decision is made by fire at the high temperature of 2340 degrees F. The firing process ultimately decides the quality of the products. The enamels are teased and mistreated until the door of the open opens up….. in front of the ceramists who are either satisfied or disappointed.
The process allows each piece to be unique…. “Not quite the same, yet not really different”…..and we know why.