I have been fortunate enough to have the use of two facilities, my studio located in my own backyard and an area at The Logan Clay Products Co. (a 150-year-old sewer tile and flue liner manufacturer located in Logan).
The clay I use in my studio is primarily porcelain, which is either thrown on the wheel or rolled using a slab roller. I do all the throwing myself but am often assisted by my husband, John, in rolling and cutting of switch plate covers. All the porcelain is bisque fired at 1800 degrees, then sanded, waxed, and base glazed, using a clear glaze of my own recipe. The painting is done as an overglaze, using mostly manufactured ceramic stains, mixed only in water, then painted onto the surface of the clear glaze. The ware is then fired a second time to around 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. I do all the brushwork, glaze making, and designing myself.
My work at Logan Clay Products is mostly made from cutting or altering sewer tile and flue liner extrusions, although I also press mold from my own designs. Stepping stones are cut from the sides of 18" x 18" flue liners. I paint the designs using engobes and underglazes then sgraffito lines through. Plaques are carved and decorated likewise. Sculptures are made from wetted down extrusions pushed from the inside and literally beat from the outside till the form is one I deem desirable. Faces are pinched, coiled, and slabbed as are other appendages. The forms are then painted using the same engobes and once fired in either the tunnel kiln or the beehive kilns at the factory to around 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.
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