PurpleUnicornPottery

Purple Unicorn Pottery

Seneca, South Carolina

Announcement    The Journey of your Pottery
When you look at your piece of pottery know that it is not like any other piece. Each piece is unique in size, shape and especially color.
Your pottery began as a lump of clay. It was then “thrown” on a potters wheel by either Bart or Lisa. After coming up with the size and shape of your piece it was allowed to dry to a texture that is called “leather.” At this point it is trimmed to make the edges smooth and has to completely dry before the first firing. This can take from a few hours to a few days, depending on heat and humidity. Once it is dry enough to fire, it is placed in the kiln and heated to a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, this firing is called Bisque. A cone is used to heat the kiln and shuts the kiln off automatically once it has heated to the desired temperature. This process takes approximately 8 hours and then it takes another 8 hours or longer to cool down enough to take the pottery out.
Once the pottery is cool it can then be glazed (colored). The first step is to put a liquid wax on the bottom of the pottery so glaze will not stick to it. This is done to prevent the piece from sticking to the shelf, which will happen if glaze is on the bottom of the piece when fired. After the piece is glazed it is then returned to the kiln for the second firing. This seals the glaze to the pottery and hardens it so that it can be used for whatever you intend. The kiln heats to 2400 degrees Fahrenheit for this firing. It can take up to twelve hours for the kiln to cool enough to be able to take the pottery out. We enjoy this process and love to see the results of the firing.
We hope you enjoy your one of a kind piece as much as we did making it!
You will be happy to know that your pottery is dishwasher, microwave, oven and especially food safe!
Enjoy,
Bart and Lisa
Purple Unicorn Pottery

Announcement

The Journey of your Pottery
When you look at your piece of pottery know that it is not like any other piece. Each piece is unique in size, shape and especially color.
Your pottery began as a lump of clay. It was then “thrown” on a potters wheel by either Bart or Lisa. After coming up with the size and shape of your piece it was allowed to dry to a texture that is called “leather.” At this point it is trimmed to make the edges smooth and has to completely dry before the first firing. This can take from a few hours to a few days, depending on heat and humidity. Once it is dry enough to fire, it is placed in the kiln and heated to a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, this firing is called Bisque. A cone is used to heat the kiln and shuts the kiln off automatically once it has heated to the desired temperature. This process takes approximately 8 hours and then it takes another 8 hours or longer to cool down enough to take the pottery out.
Once the pottery is cool it can then be glazed (colored). The first step is to put a liquid wax on the bottom of the pottery so glaze will not stick to it. This is done to prevent the piece from sticking to the shelf, which will happen if glaze is on the bottom of the piece when fired. After the piece is glazed it is then returned to the kiln for the second firing. This seals the glaze to the pottery and hardens it so that it can be used for whatever you intend. The kiln heats to 2400 degrees Fahrenheit for this firing. It can take up to twelve hours for the kiln to cool enough to be able to take the pottery out. We enjoy this process and love to see the results of the firing.
We hope you enjoy your one of a kind piece as much as we did making it!
You will be happy to know that your pottery is dishwasher, microwave, oven and especially food safe!
Enjoy,
Bart and Lisa
Purple Unicorn Pottery

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