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I took my first pottery class in 2001 in Southern California and was immediately hooked. Making pottery is a creative outlet that keeps me off the streets and out of trouble when I'm not working my regular 9-5 job.

Due to the size of my kiln, I work in very small batches. Due to the labor intensiveness of my designs, I do not offer my work wholesale.

Much of the work you see in my shop has been soda fired . Soda firing is an alternative to Salt firing. When the kiln reaches 1260 degrees celsius, a solution of baking soda and water is sprayed into the kiln over a period of approximately one hour. The soda vaporizes and creates a pebbled surface on the outside of the pots. Depending on how the air, gas and soda move through the kiln, some areas of the ware receive more soda than others and can create a runny surface. This, in my opinion,…

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  • Born on December 4
  • Joined November 5, 2008

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clay, reduction, soda

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About

I took my first pottery class in 2001 in Southern California and was immediately hooked. Making pottery is a creative outlet that keeps me off the streets and out of trouble when I'm not working my regular 9-5 job.

Due to the size of my kiln, I work in very small batches. Due to the labor intensiveness of my designs, I do not offer my work wholesale.

Much of the work you see in my shop has been soda fired . Soda firing is an alternative to Salt firing. When the kiln reaches 1260 degrees celsius, a solution of baking soda and water is sprayed into the kiln over a period of approximately one hour. The soda vaporizes and creates a pebbled surface on the outside of the pots. Depending on how the air, gas and soda move through the kiln, some areas of the ware receive more soda than others and can create a runny surface. This, in my opinion, does not detract from the overall design, but rather makes it look as if it traveled through time, or plunged through the atmosphere.

When the right combination of reduction and soda is used on white clay one gets a lovely orange color. When used on dark stoneware, the result is an aged sepia look.

My industrial pieces are not meant to be "perfect'. They are meant to reflect age and use. Some distressing of the piece and marks from the atmospheric firing are to be expected.


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