The Process

     I use red earthenware clay to make my ceramic vessels.  Most of my work is wheel-thrown, altered while wet and assembled when pieces have dried to a leather hard state.  My pots are often times coated with a white slip, or liquid clay.  Often, I dip select areas in the white slip and then respond to the shape that results from the contour of the dipped pot.  After the vessels have completely dried I often paint on or dip the pieces into terra sigallata, a super refined clay slip that can help seal the work and that is very sensitive to any micro-atmospheric effects that might take place in the final firing of the work.  I also add texture, color, and pattern through slip trailing at the bone dry stage.  All of my work is then bisque fired in an electric kiln to around cone 06.  After bisque firing my work, I then apply, either by dipping or brushing on, a myriad of shopmade and commercially produced glazes.  I employ glazes that enhance the surface and carvings of my vessels or I layer glazes and wax resist areas to achieve certain textures, glaze interactions, and patterning.  After a laborious glazing cycle, my work is then fired a second time in the glaze kiln to cone 03 or 1987 F.  Most glazes I use are food safe, and intended for use in the kitchen and home.  These glazes are durable, but I recommend hand washing to insure a long life for my pottery and I do not recommend microwave use for any of my work.  Any work that includes a non-food safe surface will be more sculptural in nature, labeled as such, or the glaze in question will most assuredly be on the exterior of the piece.