Each pot starts …
as a lump of clay that is either thrown or slab built.
Myself and resident potter produce pots for about two weeks.
These pots are trimmed, dried, bisque fired in an electric kiln to about 1800 degrees, and then the bottoms are waxed and pots glazed.
The glaze process takes about a week, then pots are loaded in the kiln (takes one day) and fired the next day to about 2350 degrees (takes about 13 hours). Pots are unloaded two days later.
The whole process …
takes about 3 weeks. I fire in a large 60 cu. ft. gas kiln. Much of the magic takes place in the firing process.
We open the kiln about every three weeks and have kiln openings, inviting all to see our latest creations!