A small vase that is handmade by Jonathan Chiswell Jones, a UK-based ceramics artist. Designs vary slightly and each vase is individually numbered and signed.
This luxury piece of lustreware features a fish illustration. The colour is mostly blue tones but the design reflects light and can break into iridescent colours.
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 pot 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.