ORANGE & RED
Describing color to a blind person is probably just slightly harder than describing one of our glaze colors to someone who's not holding the piece of our pottery in their hands.
Invariably, a customer will ask for something in Aqua and then we'll figure out that they want Turquoise or vice versa. One can't be blamed for their perception. Turquoise, the stone, ranges from very blue to very green. The color Aqua is alternately described simply as a greenish blue or sometimes as the color of the sea. The problem is the sea can range from bright blue to deep green to black.
We run into similar hurdles when we try to describe both our Bauer Orange and Poppy Red glazes. If our orange was the color of a traffic cone or our red the color of a fire truck it would be easy, unless you live in a town where your fire trucks are that neon yellow-green.
Both of these glazes are one thing at a distance and another when viewed close up. Their color is not a uniform, opaque sheath that covers each piece. Upon close inspection, you'll see that the Orange is made up of flecks of yellow and red, occasionally black, floating in a sea of orange. The deep Poppy Red is made up of red speckled with black. No two pieces are alike, each has its own character.
Another anomaly that occurs in both glazes is beauty marks, which are, as the name implies, small dark spots on the glaze. In much the same way that Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford or Kate Upton would be a little less special without their beauty marks, we feel that our orange and red pieces with beauty marks are just as lovely, if not more so, than those without.
These variations in color are not a mistake. They are done by design, especially with the Bauer Orange, to mimic the vintage color. Our red, though not having a vintage comparison, has been crafted along the same line.