Many of my forms are thrown. I use a variety of stoneware clays and porcelains.
Trimming and Carving
Pots are trimmed to remove excess clay and some are then carved with decorative rims and/or faceting.
I occasionally hand build small sculptural animals.
I cast pieces using a variety of hand-made molds. My casting slip is grolleg porcelain based.
Pots are bisque fired, glazed and wadded prior to loading. Click here for a video of the soda kiln being loaded.
Firings range in duration from 24 to 130 hours, depending on the kiln. Wood is added to the kiln every 5-15 minutes around the clock. The kiln is then sealed up and allowed to cool for 5-15 days.
Unloading and Cleaning
During the unload the pots are studied and admired - the location, surface, and interaction with other pieces are noted. They are then cleaned and photographed.
Our wood is primarily sourced from two local mills and a local arborist. We use a mix of hardwood (walnut, oak, maple, alder and madrone) and softwood (fir, cedar, and cottonwod). We burn 30-50 cords a year. The wood is cut to length, split, stacked, and seasoned prior to use.