Every piece is unique- just like you. Clay is carefully weighed out to a precise measurement, and wedged into a ball. The clay is then thrown onto the Potter’s Wheel, and centered. Then, the mound is pulled open to reveal a vessel shape. The height of the piece is brought up. Only after this can the form be revealed. It is difficult to make a shape, then make it taller- it is best to get the height first then make the form. Then the excess slip is removed from the form, and then taken off of the wheel. The form rests -covered under plastic- until it slowly dries to a leather hard state. Dry it too fast and it cracks. Then the form is put back on the Potter’s Wheel, this time upside down, and centered again. A tool is used to trim the shape, and carve a foot into the bottom. The foot should reflect the light, and elevate the piece to make it seem almost as if it were floating. You don’t want a heavy foot, or one that is too small or else the piece will seem heavy and clunky. Once it is finished being trimmed (if there is no handle being attached,) it is set aside uncovered to dry out completely. Once it is dry it is put into the kiln and fired until the kiln reaches a temperature of 1060 degrees celsius. The kiln is left to cool. Once cool the items are removed, and wiped down with a sponge so that any dust or excess matter is removed. The glaze is either poured on, or the item is dipped into a large vat of glaze material. The items are then left to dry, and then put back into the kiln to reach a temperature of 1222 degrees Celsius. After 24 hours, once cool, the kiln is opened, and the pieces are removed. If there is 18k gold to be added it is now hand painted on, and then put back into the kiln and fired again to 717 degrees Celsius so that the metal hardens. The kiln is again left to cool. 24 hours later the items are removed from the kiln, and sanded. They are now ready for you to enjoy.

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