IN THE STUDIO... the clay is prepared, rolled, shaped, cut and then pressed into basic molds, which I have previously made.
The handcrafting of each piece is completed and placed on shelves to dry throughly. Taking a week or more depending on weather. Turning constantly to avoid too much distortion.
The Kiln is stacked for the 1st firing of 8-10 hours depending on the type of clay. Then cooled for at least 12 hours, it is now Bisque.
The decorating and brush glazing come next. Sometimes up to 4 coats of glaze, drying between each coat.
Next, the Kiln is stacked again for the 2nd firing. Much more difficult as pieces will stick if touching anything. Time of firing & cooling is approximately the same as the 1st firing. Each time, you open the Kiln with trepidation! hoping for success.
What a wonderful feeling of
accomplishment to have created something so beautiful from a piece of clay!
And that's the world of ceramics... Doreen Mellen.