At Fine Ceramics, I make all the pieces myself. I don’t use casting to form my wares so you can be confident you have unique handmade pottery.
The process usually takes four to six weeks. First I make the pieces by throwing on a wheel or by handbuilding with slabs.
The pieces need to be leather hard for trimming, and after that, they need to completely dry to be safe to have the first kiln fire called bisque fire.
Bisque firings take 14 to 18 hours, during the winter it takes longer. When the kiln had cooled down, the pieces are removed from it and glazed.
The pots are either dipped in glaze or have a brush application. Although bushing glazes is time-consuming, I believe the application is more successful and gives an excellent effect on the pots. This process takes a week or two to complete and after the glazes have dried now is time to load the kiln for a glaze fire.
Glaze fires are shorter than bisque fire even though the temperature for a proper glaze maturation is much higher, 2232°F. I like to wait 48 hours after the fired had finished so the pieces cool down slowly and there is no risk of thermal shock.
As I take the pots out of the kiln, I sand every bottom so they are smooth and won’t scratch any surface. I also check for sharp edges and smooth them.
The kiln is big enough to bisque fire up to 100 pieces depending on their size and complexity; however, glaze fire is a whole different matter and takes a maximum of 40 to 45 pieces. For each bisque fire, I do two glaze fires. So that is how the magic happens.
Watch how the colors of the glazes have transformed after the fire
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