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Ed likes to start his pottery designs as sketches on a piece of paper to define shapes and forms before he begins with clay on the wheel. Lisbeth often explores clay forms more directly tapping experiences in her exploration of designs in nature and her travels.

Our clay is a custom blend we have made for us. It has a warm buff color with a medium speckle and is very durable when fired. It functions as both a clay for the wheel and for our hand built pots.

Our glazes are our own formulas and are mixed “from scratch” so they are unique, vibrant, durable and food safe. Our glazes match with our clay to make a functional oven proof, microwavable piece of pottery. We glaze using a combination of underglazing, spraying and brush painting and dipping to create our designs and colors.


 

Pottery is not a fast process. There is no immediate gratification and a pot may “fail” anywhere in the process.

A typical bowl begins after our clay is prepared each day to remove any air and get it to the right consistency. A typical bowl starts out with a predetermined sized lump of the prepared clay. It is thrown on the wheel on day one. It is then set aside to dry, usually being dry enough to cut off the “bat” by the next day. At this point the bottom of the pot is trimmed, designs completed and our “signature” button applied and the pot is signed and dated and set aside to dry completely.

Drying on the coast of Maine can take two to five days due to our high humidity. Once a pot is dry enough it can be loaded into the kiln and “bisque” fired. Bisquing the pot makes it less fragile and prepares the pot for glazing. Bisque firing takes 20 or so hours and requires slowly raising the temperature to the final temperature. It then takes 24 hours to slowly cool the kiln enough to unload.

Bisqued ware is then gone over to take off any burrs and check for flaws. Any bisque dust is blown off with an air compressor.

To glaze our pots, the bottoms are waxed to resist glaze. Some pots have further design work and then, depending on the pot or design, items are dipped, sprayed, or brushed with glaze. The glazed bisqued pots are air dried before being reloaded into the kiln for the final firing.

We glaze fire to cone 5-6; a process that takes at least 8 hours of firing in our electric kilns with a cool down of twelve hours before we can open and unload the finished pots.