Sweetbriar Salt & Pepper Shaker Set

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$195.00

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Versatile white as only MacKenzie-Childs could imagine it—full of darling details and stunning texture. Our Sweetbriar Salt & Pepper Shaker Set is the perfect complement to our Sweetbriar Dinnerware and helps to make the table completely set for style. A combination of checks, stripes, florals, and scalloped edges is pressed into each piece to create a line that can easily transition from everyday to extraordinary tablescapes. Handmade in Aurora, New York.
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Why we love it

Embossed florals, stripes, checks, and dots play together beautifully on this anything-but-basic white pattern. Made to mix and match with pieces from the collection and our other beloved patterns, Sweetbriar feels right at home in a wedding, shower or special-occasion tablescape, but is versatile enough to make everyday dining extraordinary, too.

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Dimensions

4" tall

Materials

Handmade, hand-glazed terra cotta.Handmade in Aurora. Pieces may vary due to the handmade nature of each product.

Care and Use

Microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.


Handcrafted Elements

Sweetbriar is produced at our studios in Aurora, New York. On average, a single piece is touched by the hands of up to 11 different artisans and takes up to two weeks to make. Seven of the nine pieces in the Sweetbriar line—the dinner plate, platter, salad/dessert plate, charger, saucer, and two bowls—are formed by a RAM Press, a machine that presses a block of clay between top and bottom molds. When the pressing is complete, excess clay is removed, and the piece releases from the press. The entire pressing-and-release process takes no more than 30 seconds. The other pieces in the line—the teacup and the mug—have hollow interiors and are formed by injecting liquid clay into molds. A newly formed piece moves next to a hand finisher. This artisan removes any remaining excess clay and, with a wet sponge, smooths any rough edges.

Now known as greenware, the piece dries until it is ready for its first kiln firing at 1750 degrees. The firing lasts for about 10 to 11 hours, and the piece remains in the kiln for up to 24 hours to cool properly. After that first firing, we refer to the piece as bisque, although it is also called terra cotta because the item now has the brownish-orange appearance of a terra cotta flower pot. The next step is to brush warm wax onto the base of the piece. Then, holding the piece with a pair of tongs, an artisan dips it into a large vat of glaze, taking care to evenly distribute the liquid. A quick tap to the waxed bottom removes the glaze from that surface so it will retain its terra cotta appearance even after its second firing.

After waxing and glazing, the item goes to our decoration department, where artisans remove excess wax from the bottom and fill any pinholes on the surface of the piece with additional glaze. The next step is a second firing at 1900 degrees, which gives the piece its glossy white finish. If any pinholes remain, they can be filled with more glaze and the piece can be re-fired. After the second firing, the piece moves to quality control, where it is checked again. Pieces that pass inspection receive a final quality stamp and are sent to our warehouse to be shipped to customers. Sweetbriar focuses on the materials of our production and that each piece is truly handmade. The shadows of a playful relief dance beautifully on the white glaze wrapped around the earthy, rugged red clay body.

  • Sweetbriar is produced at our studios in Aurora, New York. On average, a single piece is touched by the hands of up to 11 different artisans and takes up to two weeks to make. Seven of the nine pieces in the Sweetbriar line—the dinner plate, platter, salad/dessert plate, charger, saucer, and two bowls—are formed by a RAM Press, a machine that presses a block of clay between top and bottom molds. When the pressing is complete, excess clay is removed, and the piece releases from the press. The entire pressing-and-release process takes no more than 30 seconds. The other pieces in the line—the teacup and the mug—have hollow interiors and are formed by injecting liquid clay into molds. A newly formed piece moves next to a hand finisher. This artisan removes any remaining excess clay and, with a wet sponge, smooths any rough edges.

  • Now known as greenware, the piece dries until it is ready for its first kiln firing at 1750 degrees. The firing lasts for about 10 to 11 hours, and the piece remains in the kiln for up to 24 hours to cool properly. After that first firing, we refer to the piece as bisque, although it is also called terra cotta because the item now has the brownish-orange appearance of a terra cotta flower pot. The next step is to brush warm wax onto the base of the piece. Then, holding the piece with a pair of tongs, an artisan dips it into a large vat of glaze, taking care to evenly distribute the liquid. A quick tap to the waxed bottom removes the glaze from that surface so it will retain its terra cotta appearance even after its second firing.

  • After waxing and glazing, the item goes to our decoration department, where artisans remove excess wax from the bottom and fill any pinholes on the surface of the piece with additional glaze. The next step is a second firing at 1900 degrees, which gives the piece its glossy white finish. If any pinholes remain, they can be filled with more glaze and the piece can be re-fired. After the second firing, the piece moves to quality control, where it is checked again. Pieces that pass inspection receive a final quality stamp and are sent to our warehouse to be shipped to customers. Sweetbriar focuses on the materials of our production and that each piece is truly handmade. The shadows of a playful relief dance beautifully on the white glaze wrapped around the earthy, rugged red clay body.

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