My pots are intended for use. Each piece is handmade. The majority of my pottery is thrown on the potter’s wheel. I use an electric potter’s wheel that is set upon a stand that I built so that I can throw standing up. I have found that throwing while standing has been more relaxing and healthy for me. The handles on my mugs and pitchers are pulled by hand.
After each piece is created it is fired, unglazed, for a first firing. Generally, each piece is then dipped in liquid glaze and fired for a second firing. After the glaze firing each piece is decorated using a variety of ceramic decals. I find these decals from a multitude of sources, and some are custom designed and printed. Some of them I design myself and have printed by custom print shops, some I purchase from commercial manufacturers, others I acquire thru eBay or from friends.
These decals are also cut apart, re-assembled, and applied using a water-slide technique. I find decals wherever I can. I have sourced decals from China, Australia, Denmark, South Africa, Great Britain, and the United States. During this stage I might also hand paint some pieces with Gold, Silver, or Platinum luster or China paints. Usually I layer decals and fire pieces for a 3rd, 4th, or 5th firing, or more, to achieve a layered, collage effect.
Many times, I will fire my ceramic pieces in a wood fired or gas fired kiln. I will apply custom decals to the unglazed pottery before loading into the kiln, thus achieving a unique, layered approach to my pieces with atmospheric, natural ash glazed surfaces.
All of my pottery is meant to be used. It is generally microwave and dishwasher safe. The pieces that contain hand painted metallic lusters or luster decals are still entirely safe to use, and can even be put into the dishwasher. However, they cannot be put into a microwave.
It is my hope that each piece of pottery I produce will bring you complete satisfaction. If it does not, please return it to me and exchange it for a piece that you will be happy with.