Ceramic Studio 

The ceramic studio has an indoor area for throwing pottery on a vintage electric Shimpo or a restored Lockerbie kickwheel. Here, pots are thrown, finished, and bisque fired in preparation for the final firing in either the brick-lined pit (shown here) for the colorful pottery, or in the metal chambers (see below) for black firing.

 Pit Fired Pottery 

A pit fired pot starts out plain and gets all its color from various materials added to the fire (horse poo, seaweed, coffee grounds, banana peels, salt, garden fertilizer, etc.) Some might think of it as "flame painting." The markings are random and completely unpredictable, formed when heat currents and gases fume the prepared surface. You never know what you're going to get. Opening the cooled pit the next day is as exciting for me as digging out presents from under the Christmas tree when I was a kid. 

 Black Fired Pottery 

In the black fire process, pots go into my special metal chambers (repurposed propane cylinders). They are then heated in an oxygen-starved atmosphere that causes carbon elements to lock to the oxygen elements within the clay body. These pots are unglazed. They get thier shine in the preparatory stages prior to their first bisque firing. It comes from burnishing the clay surface, or coating it with terra siggilata.