Campbell Pottery Store

Crystalline Pottery

Large Lily Vase

Large Lily Vase

Bill started making crystalline glazes about 10 years ago, and now it is his favorite glaze, because of the freedom to experiment more in color and crystals.

He makes only one crystalline color in tableware: a white base, sometimes with blue and green accents. Vases, lamps, and large platters are the favored forms that give him the surface to really show off what crystals can do.

The crystals form, or “grow”, in the kiln when the materials and the firing cycle (controlled by computer) is perfect, developing during a heat “soaking” and cooling cycle. Sometimes there are tiny all over crystals, sometimes big single floating ones. Sometimes you may spot a little “bowtie” crystal, one that did not grow into a circle.

Crystalline glazes can also have “crazing” like the blue above, and also some “pooling” of glaze in low spots, which we greatly admire. You may view Campbell Crystalline Pottery here (Bill calls it Flambeaux).

Square Coasters

Square Coasters

As with the blue glaze, Bill makes all his own crystal glazes from scratch and is always doing glaze tests for different combinations.

Crystalline is difficult to do, but Bill is a bit of an engineering genius, and enjoys the challenge. In addition to what you see on the website, our store gets all the experimental pieces, glaze tests, and new colors. Our fans enjoy finding these special pieces without concern about matching colors later, because they are one of a kind, and part of the pleasure of coming here.