How they're made
After our pottery is created and dry, they must be fired to a "bisque" state in preparation for glaze or liquid slip.
The bisque fire allows the pottery to be hard enough to handle without breaking yet porous enough to absorb the water in the glaze or slip to make it stick.
When we are ready to complete the piece, the items are placed into a kiln and fired to over 1700 degrees. Once this ideal temperature is met, the pottery will glow red. We carefully remove each piece and place it in a metal can lined with combustible material and caught on fire.
For our copper matte pieces, the fire is allowed to infuse with the glaze and then choked down to create a "reduction" atmosphere resulting in brilliant colors and texture.
For our naked raku, an external layer of liquid slip is added before firing. This liquid slip cracks during the heating process and results in random black lines where the smoke infuses between the cracks and into the pottery. For this process, no glaze is used. The piece is buffed shiny and displayed in it's "naked" form.