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Each piece in the LOOPALU collection is wood-fired in a unique, three-chamber ceramic kiln. Hand-built on the island of Hiiumaa, the kiln is situated amongst dense pine forests and within easy reach of the island’s unspoilt, sand-drenched coastline.
The wood firing technique is intensive and requires continued stoking at extremely high temperatures. It’s this centuries-old process that gives each piece its distinctive tonality, texture and physical connection to the island. Temperature control plays a key role in each wood-fired design. This is left to the intuition and experience of Sulev Loopalu who adds locally-sourced hardwood to make subtle changes to the temperature throughout the process.