A Visit to the Studio

I make most of my work on a kickwheel, though I do some handbuilding such as making slabs for oval platters, plus a bit of pinching now and then. I use stoneware clay from Massachusetts. My glazes, which I make myself, are composed primarily of clay. I once- fire my pots in a downdraft kiln to 23360 F in light reduction. This means I close the dampers a bit, so that the flames rob the oxygen from the pots and glazes, giving them the color I like. My fires take from 24 to 26 hours. The kiln must cool for two days before I can unstack. Here you can see a bit of the process, and take a look at the kiln and studio.