The Process

I start with white stoneware. I weigh out the clay and wedge each piece in preparation for throwing them on the potter's wheel or rolling out slabs for platters. With the exception of a few slab plates I make, all my work is thrown.

Once the piece is thrown or rolled out, I allow them to stiffen up enough to handle. I trim the bottoms, add feet or handles if necessary, and let them dry a little more.

The real fun is next, deciding what design to paint on each piece. I use hand-mixed slips, (basically a liquid clay with colorants) and a few Amaco underglazes, to paint my designs on the pots. I do not use stencils, stamps or decals. Each piece is hand painted, one at a time. I like it this way. It gives me a direct connection to every pot.

Now the pots are painted, let it stiffen a little more, then carve the outline. To me, this is where their personality shines. The carving really bring out the quirky character of the piece, making each one unique.

After the carving, they dry completely. I fire them first in a bisque firing. The kiln will reach about 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Then I glaze them in my hand-mixed, food safe, clear glaze, fire them again to about 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. The kiln cools for 24-48 hours. Once its cool, I can unload the pots. Opening a kiln full of new pots is like opening a gift every single time.

For videos on my process, check out my YouTube channel




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