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  1. Hi, I'm interested in painting/glazing porcelain, not ceramic, dinnerware for a one-time decorating task, but am not interested in learning this craft at your advanced level. My overall design inspiration for my camper trailer is an under-the-sea ocean look, and I'm obsessed with the salt and pepper shakers shown below, but they're made in China and the company didn't make coordinating dinnerware. I like the bowl shown below because it reminds me of a sea cucumber. My reasons for doing this is because I'm seeking an organic look; am concerned about health issues which may be associated with glazes that come from China; and I mostly want smaller items, such as luncheon plates, 12 oz mugs, and 4-5 inch bowls. I want my end result to be as sturdy as possible, and to be dishwasher, microwave, and oven-safe. Here are my questions: 1. Is it possible to buy pre-made porcelain forms (plates, bowls, cups) that are untreated and ready for painting and firing? (Traditional style, not rustic freeform). 2. Can the dishwasher, microwave, oven-safe porcelain medium be purchased in raw form, and be rolled and hand shaped into rustic items (plates, mugs, bowls) like the bowl below without expensive tools or a wheel? 3. If I am able to purchase forms or raw materials, who could I contact in the Pacific Northwest to fire/finish the items? Where would I find a list of kiln firing businesses? 4. If I can't purchase raw materials or forms, but still wanted to participate in the creative process, could I hire someone to make the forms, and then finish them once I've painted them? 5. If none of these options are possible, are there artists I could hire to make some small, sturdy, freeform dinnerware for me using safe glazes? Thanks for reviewing my questions, and for your time in answering them. I eagerly await your responses!
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