Allyson Kunkel on Apr 24, 2017
zbj123 on Feb 27, 2017
Thank you so much. Lovely photo
My journey into pottery.
I live with my husband in central Ontario surrounded with lakes, trees, hills and summer tourist. Our two daughters are married with 5 children and living their own lives.
My first vocation was construction engineering technology, but unknown to me my love and passion was pottery and art.
After I got married, in the late 1970's I took ceramic courses with a friend. For the next 24 I dabbled in other art forms such as acrylic painting and folk art painting. I realized I was artistic .
In 2003 I bought some clay, glazes and a kiln. My passion had been found. I could take the raw clay and create anything. I make pottery for the kitchen and decorate some of my pottery to beautify homes. I had come full circle.
Occasionally I am asked if I can make a piece of pottery in a week or so. Unfortunately this is not possible. I wish it was.
First I take some clay and wedge it or kneed it to make it pliable. This gets all those molecules that have been sitting for awhile woken up ready to use.
If I make bowls or cups I will turn them on my pottery wheel. Other times I roll out clay flat to form it into trays or toothbrush holder. A clump of clay might also been formed into an animal, but not often enough.
Once my pottery is made it goes under the shelf wrapped in plastic to dry slowly, for about 2 weeks. This prevents cracking, especially at the connections. When it is bone dry I fire it in an electric kiln for several hours. A few days later the pottery is cool enough for me to decorate and glaze. The glaze firing takes longer as it is much hotter, about 2900 degrees. All night long my kiln runs the electric meter. This pottery is left in the kiln at least 3 days to cool it slowly. If it is cooled quickly the glaze cracks from the temperature change and my work is garbage. So no I can't make pottery in a week.
I feel I have been created to make pottery, which gives me great joy in making it. My father has always said 'find a work you enjoy doing because you will spend most of you life doing it'.
I feel privileged to be able to get paid at something I enjoy doing.
I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy making it which also includes my photography.
I lived on a farm so we never had family holidays. When I was 17 I went to Prince Edward Island with my cousin to visit her aunt and uncle. My father loaned me his bellows camera. I was hooked. I've taken pictures, now with a Nikon digital camera. ever since that trip, over 40 years ago.
Owner, Pottery, Functional And Home Decor, Photography
I grew up near Niagara Falls Canada and spent my adult years in Sudbury. For 30 years I glazed ceramics, painted folk art, then painted landscapes and animals, until I found my passion, pottery.
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Frequently asked questions
Can I get it in any color.
Gazes are a chemical reaction and need to be tested as a result I can only offer colors that I already use. Check my other pottery in solid colors to see the colors I can offer. Hand painted items are not included.