Below is an image of our booth at a craft fair a few years back. Examples of the type of work that we produce can be seen in the image.
Wheel Thrown pottery comes in many forms. Most common are plates, bowls, pitchers, and vases. The clay used in creating the piece determines many of the characteristics of the piece. Stoneware clays are fired at a higher temperature that earthenware clays. Therefore, the color ranges for the glazes used in stoneware is less than those that can be used in earthenware. Generally stoneware uses shades of blue, green, brown, tan, yellow, and white. In stoneware some colors such as reds can be created by manipulating the amount of oxygen allowed into the kiln during firing. Reduction of oxygen gives reds when copper is present in some glazes. Newer underglazes allow an expanded range of colors with stoneware now having shades of red and orange and many other colors not seen in the past.
Earthenware is fired at lower temperatures that stoneware, about 1900 degree Fahrenheit as compared with the 2200 degrees or so of stoneware. There are a number of commercial underglazes that are painted onto the ware in the Bisque state (bisque is clay that is fired the first time, the second firing is usually with a glaze). The painted piece is then dipped in a glaze that will become transparent when fired and then the glaze firing takes place completing the piece.
To see individual pieces click on the links at the top of this page. The items are samples of the work that we create.