Many different types of clay interest me. The options that each one gives me with carving, throwing and glazing are unique to their clay body. I have several different artistic styles that are usually based on the clay type that I am using. In addition, glazes react quite differently with each clay body type giving me a wide variety of finished colors. Most of my work is wheel thrown and then altered when it reaches the leather hard stage. Pieces that are to be carved are done so at this stage. I usually free form draw and carve my work. I continue to alter each piece until I am happy with the final look. I use many colors of slip (liquid clay) and under glazes to add design and color to my work, especially the foliage, floral and facial designs. Handles, scrolled work and ribbon effects made of clay are handmade or extruded based on the design of each piece. All of this work is done at the leather hard stage.
My pieces are then dried and then bisque fired. A coat of glaze is applied based on the design desired for each piece. I use a spray gun for more detail, but usually paint or dip the final glazes onto the piece. Each piece is then fired for a second time to Cone 6. All of my bake ware and serving pieces are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.
I use all lead free glazes since most of my work is functional. I love to experiment with layering glazes and creating unusual design patterns. There are endless opportunities to create unique colors!
My favorite materials include stoneware clay, porcelain clay, slips, under glazes, lead free glazes, items from nature for texture effects.