Preparing the clay
I use a mixture of stoneware and red earthenware, which I then knead and ‘wedge’. This process removes any air bubbles and creates a more malleable consistency for throwing.
I centre the ball of clay on the wheel and pull up the walls of the vessel. The aim is to produce a gradual tapering of the walls to hold the shape of the pot.
Turning the base
Once the pot has dried and is leather-hard, I secure the vessel upside-down on the wheel. I create a ‘foot’ by removing excess clay with a bladed tool.
Ready for firing
When the pots are bone-dry they are placed in the kiln for the ‘bisque’ firing which irreversibly changes the soft clay into pottery. At this stage, the kiln reaches a temperature of 1000°C over a period of 12 hours.
I dip the pots in a liquid glaze solution. This will give the pots a white, glossy finish and make them more practical for domestic use.
I return the pots to the kiln for their final firing. This transforms the glaze into a hard, glass-like layer. After 12 hours and reaching 1220°C, the pots are finished.