1. THE CLAY
There are many different types of clay.
I use an earthenware white clay, Smooth for throwing and grog (high percentage of silica and alumina) for hand building.
2. MAKING A POT
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.
3. DRYING / TURNING
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.
4. BISCUIT FIRE
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.
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.
6. GLAZE FIRE
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.