treadle wheel thrown
dishwasher and microwave safe
safe in the oven if allowed to cool
About my firing: My pots are initially bisqued in an electric kiln powered by home solar. They are then glazed and fired in an insulated, downdraft hybrid kiln that uses wood and propane (following Joe Finch's design). During claybody reduction (^010-05), I introduce discarded tomato and pepper stakes to remove oxygen in the kiln. Removing oxygen from the iron oxide in the clay (Fe2O3 to FeO) allows the beautiful iron blue hues to emerge through my white nuka-type glaze (glazy.org). The rest of the firing is in oxidation up to 2200° (^7). I switched to ^7 instead of ^10 because when I had my soda kiln, I discovered that clay and glazes in cooler spots were fine. Kentucky Mudworks makes midrange clays that don't bloat at ^7-8. At the end of my firing, I slowcool, which re-oxidizes some of the iron and creates the Gohonde (firefly) spotting effect on a few pots. Sometimes I get lucky to participate in community woodfirings.
About my personal approach: Ever since being lucky enough to find pottery in high school in 1985, it has nourished me. Pottery centers and opens me up to some of the best things about being human. My infant son’s belly button was a spiral, and when he was three and we were on the train, he pointed out that there were spirals on everyone’s heads. I looked it up! While all mammals have whorls, humans are the only mammals to have whorls on their heads. I started honoring the spirals that the wheel creates.