Our work is made in the pre-industrial tradition using as many locally sourced raw materials as possible.  Clay is mixed by hand, thousands of pounds at a time, at the beginning of each cycle and then thrown on a wheel.  When the pots are leather hard, some are decorated with slip and then glazed with natural ash glazes that we make here at the pottery.


At the end of the cycle, the pots are loaded - very carefully - into the large, Anagama-style wood-burning kiln that we built, with the help of friends, in 2009.


The greenware is slowly, over the course of three days, brought to peak temperatures of 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit using only wood as fuel.  Late in the firing, salt is introduced into the kiln through the main hearth door and the side ports.  It is the combination of salt and wood-ash that gives the pots their rich surface. 


After the firing, the kiln sits closed for three days allowing the pots to cool.  And then we wait...


When we un-brick the kiln door, we are met with an unexpected treasure trove, having handed over months of hard work to the capricious and wily temperament of fire and wood.  


When everything is unloaded, each pot is sanded and ground free of detritus from its fiery journey.  The kiln is swept clean.  And the cycle starts again...