My functional pieces are lead-free and tested to assure no harmful
leaching of other metals comes from the glaze. They are oven, microwave and
dishwasher safe, made of white stoneware and fired in a
gas kiln to approximately 2300°F.
The pieces don't always look so great in the beginning. Here you see coils placed to reinforce the corner seams. The gray color is the slip I use as glue to hold everything together.
I have been working with clay since 1992, learning mostly from
community College classes in San Diego. There I studied with Lana
Wilson, John Conrad and Patty Yockey. I am also a workshop junkie and
try to attend as many as I can afford. Significant influences are
Scott Young, Virginia Cartwright, Kathy Triplett and Sandi
Pierantozzi. After many years of trying everything I've seen, I have
settled into a technique of forming my pieces starting with a rolling
pin instead of a potters wheel. Using stamps I have created and found,
lace and other textural items, the pieces start to have a personality.
The Wild Women also start with a rolling pin, but I use a low-fire clay in favor of the brilliant colors possible in that range
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