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Hello and welcome. My name is Suzanne and I love clay. I love how it feels and even how it smells. I love to throw clay, and I am totally amazed at what can be made using clay. The 5 clays that I use are: raku, porcelain, and three colors of stoneware. I like each one for its own unique properties and can't give up any one of them because each one is used to create something different.
Almost everything that I make is thrown on the wheel - vases and urns, piggy banks and bunny banks and pieces that make my grandchildren happy--and make me happy too--, mugs with big handles, all sizes and shapes of pitchers, garden and fairy garden items, and a lot of seasonal items. All of the functional items are made with mid-range clay and glazes (cone5-6 ) and are lead-free and food safe, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. ( Hint ------ don't take something cold and put it into a pre-heated oven, the shock may…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 15
  • Joined February 6, 2010

Favorite materials

clay, fresh and dried wildflowers, aka weeds, horse hair, duck feathers, rocks, moss, wood and tree stumps

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About

Hello and welcome. My name is Suzanne and I love clay. I love how it feels and even how it smells. I love to throw clay, and I am totally amazed at what can be made using clay. The 5 clays that I use are: raku, porcelain, and three colors of stoneware. I like each one for its own unique properties and can't give up any one of them because each one is used to create something different.
Almost everything that I make is thrown on the wheel - vases and urns, piggy banks and bunny banks and pieces that make my grandchildren happy--and make me happy too--, mugs with big handles, all sizes and shapes of pitchers, garden and fairy garden items, and a lot of seasonal items. All of the functional items are made with mid-range clay and glazes (cone5-6 ) and are lead-free and food safe, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. ( Hint ------ don't take something cold and put it into a pre-heated oven, the shock may not break it right away, but it would shorten the life-span greatly. To extend the life of your mugs, put a metal spoon into the mug -- before pouring hot liquids-- to absorb the heat and reduce the thermal shock.)

Some items like raku and pit/barrel fired are not suitable for food or liquids and this is noted in the description.

I am a left-handed potter and I throw in the opposite direction of most other potters. For the main part, I taught myself how to throw clay on the potters wheel. (The potters wheel that I learned on is a very special wheel that was made for me by my father. It was made from a tractor axle, electrified, and it is a three speed stick-shift with a clutch. The wheel is still in use - now I use it to grind the bottoms of each piece as it comes out of the kiln, to be certain the bottoms are nice and smooth. )
If you have a question, comment, problem or concern (or just to say Hi) - please contact me.
Thank you for looking --- Suzanne







Cancer survivor.

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