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Category - Ceramic Mantle Clocks

The raku process for making these ceramic clocks originated in 16th century Japan. The process was revived and redesigned in the West in the early 1960s. The ceramic pieces are taken from the kiln, while still white hot, and immediately immersed in metal containers full of natural fuel, such as sawdust, straw and dry leaves, to obtain a strong reduction due to an absence of oxygen. This technique produces the metallic, shiny colors of the finished process.

Mantle clocks come in various shapes and sizes:

  • Semiluna – the half-moon shape, approximately 11” x 7”
  • Mignon – the smallest size. There are 2 types of mignon, the round or square mignon and the slightly larger and more ornate mignon. The latter is slightly higher in price. Many mignon clocks have second hands. Sizes vary from 6.5” x 6.5” to 6” x 7.5”

    Prices are as follows:

  • Semiluna - $119
  • Mignon - $79 to $89

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