My Pottery Studio
Each piece of my artwork is created entirely by hand. I don't utilize a potter's wheel. In most cases, I roll out my clay with a slab-roller. In some cases I cut it first then add texture, other times, I add impressions/texture before cutting. I cut out a combination of pieces depending on what I'm making and assemble them into the desired design. I impress each leaf into the clay, cut it out and shape it individually. I take my time incorporating them onto the piece to assure stability and to meet certain requirements of physics that reduces the risk of breakage or complications in the kiln. This is a very short summary of some of the steps that I take. It's a complicated process that I've perfected in my 30 years of working with clay. Just building the piece takes me a considerable amount of time. Then, after the piece has been fired once, I painstakingly add multiple layers of color to each tiny detail before finally applying glaze and firing the piece a second time. My methods of coloring each piece takes much more time than just dipping in a glaze-vat. Every piece that I create is entirely unique. They are each an "artist original". Each of these pictures here depicts my artwork in progress. None of these pieces pictured right here have been fired through to their final phase. Some of these are still very wet clay, some are dry greenware, and some have been fired once to bisque and have had their colors applied but have not yet been fired for the final time. For those with colors applied, the colors will change and mature during the final firing, becoming richer and more earthy. I love the magic that occurs! For pictures of the final pieces that demonstrate the rich earthy colors after firing, please visit my "Handbuilt Pottery" gallery page (under the "My Artwork" tab) here on this website and also stop by my Etsy shop. Both options are at the top of this page. Thank you!