I mainly throw pots on the wheel but also have experience hand building, coiling, slip casting and many decorative, glazing and firing techniques including smoke and Raku.
1. THE CLAY
4. BISCUIT FIRE
2. MAKING A POT
3. DRYING / TURNING
6. GLAZE FIRE
There are many different types of clay.
I mainly use earthenware clay, smooth for throwing and grog (with a high percentage of silica and alumina) for hand building.
After leaving the pot to completely dry it's time for the 'biscuit fire' (also known as bisque). This takes about 9 hours to reach 1000+˚C and 2 days to cool down.
Most of my work is thrown on the wheel, you can make a variety of different shapes and sizes. I also have experience in pinch pots, coiling, slabbing and slip casting.
A glaze can now be applied, you can dip, pour and splash but I prefer painting thin layers, this gives greater control and allows for creativity.
The pot needs time to dry slowly, when it is leather hard you can 'turn' the base, this is done by centering on the wheel, attaching with clay and creating a foot.
24 hours after glazing, the pot can be 'glaze fired'. After 2 / 3 more days in the kiln it is finally time to open and see the finished pots.