Our Making Process

Ursula Throwing

Stage 1

In the first stage of the making process pots are thrown on the wheel using a clay body which is resistant to the thermal shock of   the firing process .

Stage 2

When the pots have dried for a day the profile can be refined by turning.

adrian turning 2
Terra sig

Stage 3

 The pots are left to become bone dry and a coating of terra sigillata is applied to the surface.

Stage 4

The work is polished at this stage and left to dry.

Packed kiln

Stage 5

The pots are loaded into an electric kiln and fired to 950 degrees centigrade.

Stage 6

Bisque fired work is coated with a resist slip and glaze and fired one piece at a time in a Raku kiln .


Stage 7

When the temperature has been reached the lid of the kiln is opened 

Stage 8

The work is removed from the kiln using tongs.


Stage 9

The piece is glowing molten hot at this stage.

Stage 10

The work is sprayed with an air compressor to encourage the glaze to crackle.


Stage 11

The piece is transferred to a smoke bin lined with newspaper.

Stage 12

The heat of the pot immediately causes the newspaper to ignite.


Stage 13

A lid is put on the container and the work is left to smoke for a few minutes.

Stage 14

When the time is up the piece is lifted out of the smoker.


Stage 15

The work is placed on warm bricks and left to cool

Stage 16

The parts of the pot which were not covered by glaze have turned black.


Stage 17

When the pot cools slightly the glaze and slip fall off revealing the crackle pattern on the surface of the pot.