Translating ideas into a process is one thing, understanding how they all fit together, and come to life, is another. Let me show you the magic of my craft.
I start with the end in mind. I either visualize or sketch each piece I create. In this stage I consider size, shape, form, color, and texture. Of course, I may make changes along the way.
Ooooh, the clay! When the clay comes out of the bag, its cool, smooth, and flexible. It feels amazing! In this form it's ready to become anything!
I use several different methods such as throwing on the wheel, rolling into a slab or extruding into a shape. Each method provides form/shape flexibility.
the trimming & embellishing
Before the piece is completely dry, I remove clay from the formed piece, called trimimng. Next I add finishing touches to the shape: feet, handles, spouts and decorative enhancements.
The fun and magic continues as I customize the finishing clay effects. This allows for a depth and creativity that's built into each piece through varying techniques:
- Slip is the process of painting a liquid, colored clay onto the surface
- Sgraffitto is Italian for scratching into or away from the clay
- Underglaze is a heavy pigmentented compound painted onto the surface
the drying & firing
the glaze firing