After preparing the clay by kneading to remove air bubbles it’s time to get muddy! After securing the ball of clay to the wheel it needs to be centred. Once centred I can start to throw the pot up and using various tools and my hands give it the shape I want.
Once thrown the pot needs to be removed from the wheel and left to dry until the ‘leather hard’ stage when I can put it back on the wheel upside down, re centre and turn the foot to finish it off. Depending on the pot I can also add handles or other decoration at this stage. Lids need to be turned and handles added.
Now the pot is left to dry completely ready for its first firing to 1000c which will transform the pot into ceramic but still porous enough to absorb the glaze.
The first firing is called biscuit ad reaches 1000 degrees c. The kiln takes about 12 hours to reach temperature and another 12 to cool down.
Glaze can be applied by pouring, dipping, spraying or brushing depending on the finish required.
Now for the second firing for me usually around 1250c. Firings take round 12 hours in an electric kiln and a good 12 hours to cool down again, so patience is needed!!!
For my blue pots I also use gold, copper and platinum lustre which requires a third firing at 750c so you can see it’s quite a long process ad every piece is a unique work of art.
When you buy a piece of my pottery, you are buying a piece of art, something unique. Completely handmade, no moulds are used, everything is made from a bag of clay and transformed into a magical one off work of art that is just for you!