My education in clay was self-directed and began when I decided I needed a creative outlet to balance my full time office job. I always had a fascination with and desire to learn how to make pottery on a wheel. I began evening ceramic classes at the local community college and instantly loved having my hands in clay. I took courses at clay centers and traveled to workshops given by professional potters who shared their techniques and skills to make a good pot, formulate glazes and fire a kiln.
I strive to create aesthetically designed pottery for everyday use and special occasions. The style is simple, yet elegant in form, and the surfaces are colorful and pleasing to the touch. I use porcelain and stoneware clays that are fired in an electric kiln to vitrification.
I love making pots! The ceramic process is so creative and satisfying … the possibilities endless!
I hope you experience much pleasure and satisfaction in using them.
Most of the pottery is made from porcelain clay. I make my own glazes. All the glazes are food safe, lead free and microwave and dish-washer safe. Porcelain is not made for oven use.
I make pots from stoneware clay for oven use, like casseroles and dinner plates. Stoneware clays can withstand heat but not thermal shock. Special care should be taken to prevent rapid temperature changes. Extreme heat or extreme cold can cause damage and cracking. Never take the casserole directly from the refrigerator to a hot oven. Place the room temperature casserole into a cool oven and gradually heat the oven to the temperature desired. Remove from the oven to a draft free, dry surface. Let the casserole cool before putting into the refrigerator. All the glazes are food safe, lead free and microwave and dish-washer safe.
“The link between the hands of the maker and the hands of the user seems increasingly important to me in this world where we are often distanced from the sources of the things we rely on to sustain us.” Charity Davis-Woodard