Functional Pottery Gallery


All pieces in this line are made to be used daily. These are food safe, dishwasher safe, microwave and oven safe. The glazes are natural and do not contain any harmful components.



Flower Plate

This plate started as a slab of B-Mix clay, rolled out with a rolling pin. The clay was then placed over a slump mold, and flattened, trimmed and allowed to dry slowly. It was bisque fired to cone 04. At this point, it was decorated with hand painted flowers. The design was painted using Amaco Velvet Underglaze, and then the entire plate was covered with a clear glaze. The glaze firing was done in an electric kiln to cone 6.

Tall Pitcher

This pitcher started as a slab of Speckled Buff clay, rolled out using a rolling pin. The clay was then formed around a PVC pipe to get the cylinder shape. A base was cut out and added to the bottom. Then the spout was cut and added to the pitcher. A handle was pulled, dried a little and then attached to the outside. The pitcher was allowed to dry slowly, to ensure the attached clay pieces all dried at the same rate. It was bisque fired to cone 04. At this point, it was glazed with Potters Choice Blue Midnight, Potters Choice Seaweed, and Potters Choice Oatmeal mid-fire glazes. The glaze firing was done in an electric kiln to cone 6. The layering of the glazes gives the finish a depth and movement that is very appealing.

Glazed Trays

These trays start as a slab of Speckled Buff clay, rolled out using a rolling pin. A stone pattern is then rolled over the top, to create the texture. The trays are then hand cut from the patterned slab, and laid, pattern down, over a bowl shape form. Little legs are created out of the clay and attached to the base. Then the pieces are allowed to dry slowly to ensure the legs and tray dry at the same rate. They are bisque fired to cone 04. At this point a variety of glaze combinations are applied. The trays pictured are glazed with Amaco Celedon Storm, Potters Choice Seaweed and Potters Choice Honey Flux mid-fire glazes. The glaze firing was done in an electric kiln to cone 6, with a 5 minute soak. The layering of the glazes over the stone texture provides a pleasing depth to each piece.





Vase

This piece was thrown on the wheel from a ball of B-Mix clay, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to Cone 04. At this point, it was glazed with Amaco Celedon Obsidian, Potters Choice Smokey Merlot and Potters Choice Seaweed. The glaze firing was done in an electric kiln to cone 6, with a 5 minute soak. The soak allows the melted layers of glaze to flow to create the movement you can see in the piece.





Small Pitchers


The small pitchers started as balls of B-Mix Red clay, which were thrown into small bowls on the wheel. The pieces are then cut and squeezed to form the bowl of the gravy bowls. The removed piece of clay is then reattached to the shape to create the spout. Handles are pulled and attached to finish the form. Everything is then dried slowly, to ensure all parts dry at the same rate. They are bisque fired to cone 04. At this point, the design is hand painted on using Amaco Velvet Underglaze, and then covered with a shiny clear glaze. The glaze firing was done in an electric kiln to cone 6.

These pieces were made in a class I took at the Mesa Arts Center, where we were given time to explore altering work that was thrown on the wheel.

Ginko Vase


These vases started as balls of B-Mix clay, which were thrown into vases on the wheel. Ginko leaves were shaped out of the same clay, and attached to the pieces. The stems of the Ginko were scratched into the vase using a scraffito tool. The pieces were then dried slowly, to ensure all parts dry at the same rate. They were bisque fired to cone 04. At this point, they were glazed with Mayco Green Sapphire and glaze fired to cone 6. The glaze pooled in the texture to give beautiful darker and lighter effects that enhance the form of the leaves and stems.




Paint Brush Cup

This painter's brush jar started as a ball of B-Mix clay. It was thrown into the cup shape on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to cone 04. At this point, it was hand painted with Amaco Velvet underglaze. A final coat of clear glaze was painted inside and out to give it a durable finish. It was glaze fired to cone 6.

Turquoise & Copper Bowl

This is a vase that started as a lump of Speckled Buff stoneware. It was thrown into the vase shape on the wheel, dried and trimmed. It was bisque fired to cone 04. At this point it was glazed with Amaco Celedon Rainforest and Potters Choice Seaweed. It was glaze fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln with a 5 minute hold at the end. It gives a lovely depth and hints of green and blue to the piece.

Raku Tile

This piece was thrown on the wheel from a lump of B-Mix clay. The rim of the bowl was manipulated by hand while it was very wet to a wavy edge. The piece was then dried and trimmed, and bisque fired to cone 04. At this point it was glazed with Potters Choice Blue Midnight, Potters Choice Artic Blue, Potters Choice Seaweed, Mayco Light Flux and Stroke and Coat Teal Next Time. The glazing process took a long time: each glaze was put on in multiple layers, and had to dry in before the next glaze could be applied. It was glaze fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln. The flux helps the glaze move and the distinct color of the Teal Next Time glaze get integrated beautifully into the piece.