Obvara Yarn Bowls
Our handmade clay yarn bowls are individually decorated which makes each a unique item. Even though we carefully fire each piece in the same manner, variation occurs and gives unique qualities to the piece.
These bowls are decorated in obvara, a technique that pre-dates glazing in Europe! On a day when we're firing obvara, the kiln yard is filled with the aroma of stale beer and freshly baked bread. The air is filled with steam and smoke...the roar of the kiln changes with each opening of the kiln door. It's pretty exciting.
These are the only size we regularly make. They were designed for use with fibers of all types, whether it is in a cake form or a ball. The inside of the bowl is a smooth shiny dark glaze.
Folks ask me how I got started making these bowls. I don't knit or crochet. That said, I have a partner, my wife Brenda, who does enough knitting for the both of us (although I can always use another pair of wool socks). One of our good friends in Brenda's knitting group asked if I could make one...that started me down the path of fiber related products.
Because of the knitting group and their comments and suggestions, LickinFlames makes yarn bowls with fiber in mind. We completely understand the importance of a well crafted and detailed bowl. We also understand that fiber folks really do appreciate nice looking objects and we strive to make our bowls both fully functional and "easy on the eye."
The colors and iridescence on the pieces are hallmarks of LickinFlames. The yarn bowl takes several weeks to dry and then the finishing can take place. When the bowls are removed from the kiln, decorated and cooled, each is washed, dried and cork bumpers are added to the foot to protect your fine furniture. Approx. 6 x 4 inches
To read more about the obvara technique used to make this piece, look here.
Remember that because of the handmade nature of the process, some variations should be expected. The quality is always the same standard that LickinFlames is known for, but some variations in color, design element placement and decoration patterns needs to be allowed. We know you will love the piece that is shipped.