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Beersheba Porcelain Story

 

Beersheba Springs is magical place, perched on the edge of East Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, blessed with Waterfalls and a must that sings. Our primary export is harmony, captured and frozen forever in colorful porcelain of our design and creation.

 

There are various types of porcelain (we have our own recipe), but essentially porcelain is a very pure form of clay composed of three basic earthen materials: (1) Silica (or flint, or quartz- different names for an incredibly hard material): (2) Kaolin, a mixture of silica and alumina that adds pliability to the mixture and allows it to be molded by hand; and (3) Feldspar, the fluxing (or melting) agent – that which causes the entire mixture to fuse at the proper temperature and crystallize into one of the hardest materials used by humanity. These materials can be found throughout the world, but our ingredients come from Southeastern United States (silica and feldspar) and England (kaolin).

 

Simply speaking, porcelain can be thought of as a cross between clay and glass, possessing properties of both: such as the pliability and formability of clay, the translucency and strength of glass. Indeed, porcelain was valued by the ancient Chinese (who discovered its composition – we Westerns cleverly stole the formula from them) as much for its extreme hardness and durability as for its pure whiteness and translucency.

 

The main difference between porcelain and stoneware clay is that porcelain is free of many impurities to be found in clay. These impurities give various clays their colors and rougher textures, and this, unfortunately, interferes with the formation of the tightly interlocking crystals that grow as the material is heated to its fusing temperature and cooled.

 

Porcelain, not having these impurities, forms a much tighter, more uniform crystalline structure than is possible with clay. This uniformity of crystalline structure also allows the passage of light through porcelain; hence, its translucency where thin. The ultimate result is a product that is translucent, far harder, more durable, more abrasion-and chip-resistant, and hence, far more lasting than a similar product made from stoneware clay.

 

Each Beersheba bead is completely hand-made and fired in our home-made kiln to cone 16 (2700 degrees Fahrenheit. We might add that only the most pure, positive and powerful of vibrations, thaumaturgical  procedures and aids, and original harmonic compositions are used in the manufacture. Beersheba Porcelain is most judicious and aesthetic blind of these four: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

 

If you have any questions please contact us via e-mail.

Author Leah Sullens.
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