LazyGoatCeramics

One of a kind, handmade pottery

Quebec, Canada

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting my shop! It is temporarily closed, but will reopen this fall! In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram for updates @lazygoatceramics

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Thank you for visiting my shop! It is temporarily closed, but will reopen this fall! In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram for updates @lazygoatceramics

Laura D.

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About LazyGoatCeramics

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How It's Made

Everyone knows what ceramics and pottery looks like at the end result, but not everyone realizes the processes involved in getting to the final product.

Here are the steps that are involved in making my pottery:

1) Clay - I begin with a lump of stoneware clay (high fire clay) and wedge (like kneading dough) to make sure all of the air is out of it. If there are any air bubbles in the clay, there is a risk of the piece blowing up in the kiln.

2) Wheel - I put the clay on the wheel, centre it and shape it. This is called "throwing". If you are interested in seeing someone throw a pot, check out a video on YouTube.

3) Trimming - This step is optional depending on piece and the artist. After letting the piece sit for a while, usually overnight, it is more firm and able to be flipped over on the wheel. The bottom is trimmed off using a tool. This take off some of the heaviness at the bottom of the pot and the potter can also create a foot ring at the bottom if desired.

4) Bisque firing - After the piece is completely dry, it is put in the kiln (like a big oven). My kiln takes approximately 5-6 hours to reach a temperature of 1915°F, then it is left overnight to cool down. The piece at this stage is called "bisque".

5) Glazing - Glaze is the colour (like paint) that is put on the piece to make it colourful, shiny and protect the clay. Glaze can be painted on or it can be dipped into a bucket of glaze. The tough thing about glazing is the glaze looks nothing like what it will look like after firing, so it's always a surprise when you see the final result!

6) Glaze firing - After glaze is applied, it is put back into the kiln for 6-7 hours to reach a temperature of 2232°F. This temperature melts the glaze and causes different reactions producing the colours and "glassy" appearance.

After cooling, you cross your fingers and open the kiln to see your final piece!

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  • Laura D.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
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Custom and personalised orders

I am currently not taking custom orders.

Care instructions

Most of my pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe - especially pieces designed for food. Please see individual listings or get in touch.