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About One Acre Ceramics

 

 

Thomas working

Glazing Split Circle Tiles

One Acre Ceramics pottery and art tiles are handmade from stoneware clay by Sarah and Thomas Gelsanliter at their studio near Milan, Michigan. Thomas creates the intricate designs for the tiles and pottery, drawing on varied references including historical furniture, industrial plate ware, architecture, and classic Arts & Crafts and folk art iconography. Designs evolve from initial pen and ink drawing to hand-carved plaster mold to clay piece.  

Trivets, glazed and ready for the kiln. They will be deep green and brown when fired.

Trivets, glazed and ready for the kiln, will become deep green and brown when fired.

 

Sarah throws all of the covered jars, candleholders, vases and other vessels on the potter’s wheel and then finishes and assembles each piece when it is partially dry, carefully working around the raised designs when adding knobs and other details.

After an initial bisque firing to 1900 degrees, the tiles and pottery are ready for the labor-intensive glazing process. On the carved areas, glazes are pooled into each section of the design, giving a cloisonné-like effect.

Trivets, glazed and ready for the kiln, will become deep green and brown when fired.

The luminous glazes are unique to the One Acre Ceramics studio and have been formulated to highlight the carved designs and crisp lines, giving a polished finish to each piece. A final glaze firing to just over 2200 degrees completes each piece.