Each piece is hand-throw on my potters wheel or hand-built using my slab roller or a combination of both.
Once pieces are completed and have had time to dry out they are sponged off with a semi wet sponge to remove any unwanted marks and sharp edges. I believe in tactile friendly, comfortable, and usable pottery that wants to be held.
The bone dry pieces are then placed in a kiln to be bisque fired to approximately 1,940 degrees – this hardens the clay so that it can be handled without being extremely fragile and preps the clay to be glazed. Once the bisque firing is complete 14-19hrs and is cooled the are unloaded from the kiln and prepped for glazing.
The bottoms of all the bisque pieces are then painted with a water-based liquid wax. Once dry this wax keeps glaze from sticking to the bottoms. (Glaze is liquid glass and you don’t want glaze on the bottom of your piece or it would glaze itself to the kiln shelf!)
Pieces are then dipped into glaze or a number of glazes combinations. Once glaze has dried each piece will be wiped clean of any remaining drops of glaze where wax was applied.
Glazed pieces are then loaded into the kiln to be glazed fired to approximately 2,232 degrees. My particular kiln is computerized which means I can control the rise and drop of kiln temperature. Each glaze can preform differently fired in multiple ways and atmosphere. With a computerized kiln I am able achieve more consistency of glaze colors.
The final step is unloading and inspecting each piece for cracks in the clay. glaze flaws or glaze drips which occasionally need to be ground off or smoothed over.