A handmade lustreware bowl by Jonathan Chiswell Jones, a UK-based ceramics artist. Each bowl is individually numbered and signed.
This luxury piece of ceramics features a floral illustration. The design reflects light, and like oil on water, breaks into iridescent colours when it catches the light.
Sometimes described as a modern alchemy, the lustreware process dates back ten centuries to potters of the Islamic empire, and has a fascinating history. To make lustreware pottery, silver and copper salts are mixed with clay and painted on the surface of the glazed pot. A third firing, in which the kiln is deprived of oxygen, deposits the metal in a minutely thin layer which combines with the glaze, creating the multicolour iridescent finish.
The bowl is vitrified (a glass-like substance) and fully waterproof. The lustre surface is vulnerable to abrasion so pots should be treated carefully if you want them in pristine condition - or used normally and enjoyed with their scars of honour. Dishwashing is not good for the lustre; clean with soap, water and a sponge.