People who appreciate handmade ceramics understand the process takes time, passion, love and commitment. Handmade ceramics are unique, no two pieces will ever be the same. Different clays shrink at different rates from approximately 10- 20% depending on the type of clay.
The clays that are used are all stoneware or porcelain and have been chosen for the results that can be achieved with the glazes that are mixed.
The glazes are chosen so that we can achieve specific colours or finishes and sometimes applying two glazes to get different effects. These glazes are not commercially available and take a lot of testing to achieve the results that we want to attain.
Stoneware ceramics are usually fired twice. The first firing is called a bisque fire and usually the kiln temperature will be between 900 and 1000 C. The second firing is a glaze firing to vitrify the piece and the temperature is raised to about 1250 to 1280 C (depending on the glazes and the clay).
Any exposed pieces where there is no glaze will have a liquid quartz applied to them to create an invisible, long lasting, protective barrier against moisture, food juices, & other contaminants. Stoneware is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. Most pieces can go from the oven to the table to the dishwasher.