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1 year

The teapots need to be bone dry before they can safely be fired in the kiln. These are still too moist

1 year

After the candle holder has been trimmed on the bottom then I begin decorating the rest of the candle holder. In this case I made an Ivy designs.

2 years

The orchid pot is on the drying shelves before the first firing. The clay must be bone dry or it will explode during the firing. I know this from first hand experience!

2 years

I just scalloped the rim of the pie pan. (It was flared out a bit, but it was perfectly straight...how boring!) After it dries a bit I'll be able to turn it over and trim the bottom.

2 years

A bunch of cups and bottles awaiting the first firing. They use be bone dry or they'll explode in the kiln. A lesson learned from Hard Knocks.

2 years

The difficult part about making fruit bowls is that you want enough holes that the fruit gets ample ventilation but if you make the holes to close together and the clay is just a little bit dry it will crack. This bowl turned out great!

2 years

After the base of the pitcher has been trimmed its ready for a handle. The handle is made by stretching and shaping the clay to fit the pitcher. It needs to be large enough for hands to grab and comfortable to poor.

2 years

I applied wax to the outside of the tea bowls to prevent the glaze from covering the warm clay color during the kiln firing. This left a floral design.

2 years

I usually make my pots in batches and I try minor adjustments to see what works best.

2 years

This is what a yarn bowl looks like after the first firing before glaze is applied before the second firing. This was a good kiln load!