Most pieces are thrown on the wheel, dried to a leather hard state and then turned, a process by which excess clay is trimmed from the pot to enhance and complete its form. Colour decoration is applied at this stage, either through the application of coloured slips (liquid clay) or coloured stains, if required, and then the pieces are left to dry completely. Every piece is stamped with my unique potter’s mark.
Once dry, the pots are placed in the kiln and fired to 1000oC over a period of 14 hours- a process known as Bisque firing. At this stage, excess moisture, air bubbles or unwanted debris in the clay can cause a piece to crack or explode. Once cool, the pots are glazed. Some of my pieces are double-dipped (dipped in 2 different glazes consecutively) producing a speckled effect, others are simply dipped in a white or transparent glaze (sometimes with colour added) and still others require both a white and transparent glaze on different parts of the pot. The glazed pots appear to be coated with a dry, generally white powder. They are then transformed in to their final glossy state when they undergo their 2nd firing, this time to 1100oC. This takes around 13 hours and has to be left to cool to 200oC or below before ‘cracking’ the kiln (opening the door a fraction to peek inside) otherwise the blast of cold air in to the kiln can cause the surface of the glaze to crack.