How It's Made: A Very Brief Description of The Overall Making Process

Ever wonder how your pottery is made? Let's walk you through the process of a piece! If you like this post, I'll be writing more about it in the future and give you a more in-depth look at it----it's a labor intensive process to make each and every piece special. But for now, let's take a brief journey into our making process.

The body of a piece comes to life on the wheel by starting with a raw chunk of clay. The combination of the electric wheel and our trained hands spin the chunk of clay (literally a blob!) into a shape. If it's a mug, teapot, pitcher, stein, or jug, a handle gets added to this body. Depending on the weather, the addition of a handle can be a multi-day process due to dry times.

Once the piece is leather hard, the real personality of it comes to life with the addition of slip trailing (that super pretty decoration you see on most of our pottery). I would say this is one of our favorite steps in the process! Slip trailing really makes the pottery an art form, and gives it a whole new introduction into the world of art and into your home space. If you'd like to learn more about slip trailing, you can read about that here!

After the slip trailing decoration is added, each piece is glazed, then it's ready to fire in our wood kiln The wood kiln holds about 6 months worth of work, so it's a nerve wracking process because we don't know what pieces will survive (there's an estimated 10% loss rate). You can learn more about our thoughts on wood firing here.

You can view the process of a mug body being created on our YouTube page here. Hope you enjoy!

There's a lot more to cover, so stay tuned. We will go more in-depth about our making process so you can know how your piece was created to go from our hands to your homes.

Thank you for reading! Sarah

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