After a month, my adventure with pottery has been delightful! I have learned so much; Rob is a great teacher and so generous with his time and supplies. I received my first batch of pottery back from the final firing. I has been so cool to make pottery!
Pottery has many steps. First, you build the vessel/sculpture out of wet clay. Rob uses either a stoneware clay or a porcelain clay. You let the creation air dry and then it is ready to go into the bisque kiln. A kiln is a big oven type machine that is either fired by electricity, gas, or wood. Rob uses gas kilns, although he does have a huge wood fire kiln which, he has used seven times. (Wood firing is an intense old-time firing process which I will tell you more about later). The bisque firing takes all the moisture out of the vessel. It becomes a consistency like terra cotta. Next, you sand it and glaze it. Finally, it goes back in the kiln for a glaze firing.
It is such a journey that your creation goes on! Danger and unpredictability at every point for me, since I am so new. It teaches me to not be attached to anyone thing. So, let me present to you…..
The beauteous big blue mug is not mine. That is one of Rob’s mugs, but I am getting better and better at throwing on the wheel. Soon I will be making things that big. I love the glazes Rob uses! My favorites are the ones that are layered like the brown one on the right.