“You can’t use up creativity.
The more you use,
the more you have.”
An Look Inside Our Pottery Studio
With every piece we begin with pen and paper to sketch out ideas and designs.
Our pottery is wheel thrown, hand built or slip cast (from an original wheel thrown CLAY AND CRAFT design). After it dries it is trimmed or cleaned up and after about a week, when it has completely dried out, it bisque fired to cone 04 or approximately 1900 degrees. Each piece is then glazed fired again, this time to cone 6 to ensure the piece has fully vitrified which is approximately 2200 degrees. After a day to cool we finally see our handcrafted creations come out of the kiln.
We create our ceramics with a smooth white stoneware clay from Laguna Clay called B Mix and/or occasionally, a beautiful brown stoneware, again from Laguna Clay called Speckled Buff.
We primarily utilize a glossy white glaze as we've had the best luck with it and like its simplicity. Over the years we have expanded to using matte glazes and introduced gray and black into our color palette.
From start to finish a piece will take a minimum of two weeks to create due to the drying process.
Techniques By Collection
The Blate Collection, our plateware line, is primarily handbuilt. However, we use molds and the wheel to refine each piece and maintain consistency for size and volume purposes.
Our Vases and drinkware collection are wheel thrown and then the original design is slip casted. Slipcating is another pottery technique and process which is an art in itself. It always makers to create efficiencies in the making process to assist in creating multiples. For our drinkware collection specifically, we wheel threw at least a dozen pottery versions that vary in size and design. It took about six months and several rounds of this process to get our carafe and cup set to its current and desired state. Many times we start with a design and thanks to the creative process, it morphs into a better end product. Producing quality ceramics requires skill but more importantly patience, persistence and discipline.