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The Process

There are numerous steps that go into making a piece of pottery.  Many things have to happen to turn a lump of clay into a ceramic cup.  One of the most exciting parts of the process is throwing the clay on the potter's wheel.  A few pictures below give you a glimpse into the studio.  The first picture is where the clay begins, on the wheel.  Then I center it, open it up, raise the wall, and shape it with a rib.  The cup is far from finished.  In the next 48 hours, it will dry, have a handle put on, be touched up, dry some more, be loaded into the kiln, get fired, unloaded, waxed, glazed, and go into the kiln a final time.  Once the kiln cools down, the lump of clay is now a usable, beautiful piece of art. (Process and time of completion vary depending on the piece.)