These excellent pastels are handmade in the United States. Their creator proudly calls them "The Best Pastels on the Planet." They have a wonderfully smooth texture that falls between Unison and Diane Townsend soft pastels. Like Diane's pastels colors may vary slightly due to the fact that they are mixed by hand. Colors are available in 6 or 7 dilution strengths, from a pure masstone to a very light tint. There is a unique selection of middle tones that are perfect for both portrait and landscape work. Each color family has been given a distinctive name, such as Chlorophyl (bright green), Dragonsblood (burgundy), and Neptune (deep blue). Great American Pastels are extremely brittle and delicate. It is rare to find even one stick that is perfect. Most sticks arrive to us with cracks and chips but most pastelists are willing to overlook these imperfections to get their unique colors and their incredibly soft sticks. Just don?t expect a perfect stick, because they truly are rare.