Centering the clay on the wheel head is the first step for potters who use a wheel. After the clay is centered any shape of piece can be made.
Compressing the clay
It is important to compress the clay bottom for quality purposes as well as aesthetic appeal. This process is done by finely and evenly moving a sponge or flat tool against the bottom of the piece.
Nautilus Shell Design
We hand chatter this nautilus shell design using a pottery tool called a "rib" this and all our texture is done by hand without the use of stencils or stamps.
Hand extruded Handles
After pugging and de-airing the clay for maximum durability we extrude handles to a specific length and let dry before attaching to mugs.
Adding Mug Handle
We firmly attach the top and bottom portion of the extruded handle using a mixture of clay and water called "slip" The slip acts like a glue helping the handle adhere to the mug body with maximum durability.
We usually try to complete 30-40 mugs in a day. After completion they take 2 days to completely dry before the bisque firing. During this time clay shrinks 12-16%.