FairFolkPottery

Handmade pottery by Yvette Alexander - Sweetwater, TN

Sweetwater, Tennessee · 25 Sales

FairFolkPottery

Handmade pottery by Yvette Alexander - Sweetwater, TN

Sweetwater, Tennessee 25 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Note from shop owner I am off to a couple of shows and will have new items listed after the festivals and shows are complete :)
Thank you so much for visiting my Etsy shop!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 11, 2017

I am off to a couple of shows and will have new items listed after the festivals and shows are complete :)
Thank you so much for visiting my Etsy shop!

Yvette Alexander

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Yvette Alexander

About

Fair Folk Pottery - Handmade Hand Painted Pottery

I love the smell of clay. I love the quiet, calming feel I get from it.

My inspiration comes mostly from nature and my connection to animals. I am occasionally inspired by random things like the fabric a stranger passing me by may be wearing, the patterns of an old quilt, a comforting rush of memories from childhood, a vintage painting in an antique store... inspiration is everywhere - you just have to relax and feel it.

All my pieces are stoneware. I hand-paint each one, using clay stains, underglazes, and high fire stoneware glaze.

Each piece is unique. I may attempt one similar but they never look exactly the same. All pieces are One Of A Kind! No two will ever be the same.

Heres a bit of my process - this applies to every single piece:

- Cut and Wedge chunks of clay and/or roll them flat for hand built items
- Wheel throw/hand build the piece
- Let them slow dry carefully under a light plastic sheet for anywhere from 2-7 days (depending on the humidity) to leather hard state
- Add handles to mugs, any embellishments, etc. while still leather hard
- Remove plastic protection and allow to dry completely to bone dry
- Hand-paint the designs onto the piece with underglaze/stains
- Allow underglaze or stains to dry for a couple days
- Load kiln and bisque fire for 6-10 hours reaching 1,800 degrees F
- Wait another 15-18 hours for it cool so I can remove the pieces
- Check for odd spots and sand each piece to smooth out any inconsistencies
- Rinse and clean each piece
- Hand-paint stoneware glaze
- Allow stoneware glaze to dry for a couple days
- Load kiln and glaze fire for 16-18 hours reaching 2,270 degrees F
- Wait another 15-18 hours to experience something similar to Christmas morning when I open the kiln for the last time : )

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