The alchemy from clay to pottery is a fascinating, multifaceted, and time consuming process. Basically, there are 4 major changes that occur with the melding of artist,clay,kiln, & minerals: first the clay is formed, then trimmed and dried; next, bisque fired; finally, glazed and refired.
The steps in pottery making are definite, yet variables are limitless; some are within the artist’s control, and some are driven by Mother Nature or the “Kiln Gods “. Forming is done on the pottery wheel (called “throwing”), or by hand building (pinching,coils,slabs), or by draping/shaping over a premade form. To produce pieces that are nearly identical, such as a dinnerware set, requires a high degree of experience and understanding of craftsmanship, as well as artistry.