Each one-of-a-kind piece starts with a lump of clay that I transform on my pottery wheel. After that, the piece dries to a point where I apply handles and enhance the design. Once that process is complete, the item slowly dries again until it is bone-dry.
Next, it goes into Pele (my kiln), because you know... Goddess of Fire! This first firing is brought to a temperature of 1,945 degrees. This step allows the clay to become stronger and more porous, allowing it to accept a liquid glaze. Once cooled, I meticulously hand-glaze each piece. When the glazed pieces dry, they go into their second kiln firing. This time they reach a temperature of 2,232 degrees. It’s this process that melts the glaze and makes the piece strong enough to be functional and beautiful. After this step is complete, I will smooth the bottom and it’s ready to ship.
The entire process from start to finish typically takes me about 4-5 weeks... sometimes longer!