My ceramics have been handcrafted with care using traditional time-tested methods and using porcelain or a blend of porcelain and white stoneware clays.
About 75% of my work starts on the wheel, my favourite forming method. Work not started on the wheel still begins with a lump of clay that will be rolled, pinched, sculpted or extruded. Usually several techniques are combined.
I love to decorate and do so at every opportunity and at every stage of the making process. My decoration is carved, stamped, slip trailed and painted freehand to compliment the form, and is unique to each particular piece. I do not use commercial decals or transfers.
The work is fired at least twice, in an electric kiln. Once to 1035 degrees Celsius, and the second, the glaze firing, to 1285 degrees Celsius. Sometimes a third or fourth firing is utilized depending on the desired effects.
The clay body is vitrified, with a very low absorption rate, which makes it ideal for outdoor products. It is also dense and strong, even when thin, making it possible to make items, such as teapots, lighter than is often expected with hand made pottery.
I formulate my own slips and glazes and test them all, often. I do not use lead. All glazes used on the food surface of functional pieces are food-use safe. Items with coloured painting on the inside have a clear food-safe glaze over the decoration. The pottery can be used in the microwave and dishwasher. The colour will not fade or wash away.
Read more about all things ceramic in this Victoria and Albert Museum article HERE.