Step 1) Creating the Mix
We pour most of the items in the studio ourselves. This is the first step in that process. 250 pounds of dry clay and talc ( and some other stuff) goes into the big mixer. This will make about 25 gallons of slip.
Step 2) Pouring
After making the slip the next step is to pour the slip into the molds. Let sit for 10 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the mold. Then turn over and drain the mold. Leave sitting for approximately 3 to 4 hours.
Step 3) Removing Mix from the Mold
The next step is to carefully remove the green ware from the mold. The green ware will be set on a shelf and left to dry for 24 -48 hours before cleaning.
Step 4) Cleaning Greenware
Once the green ware has dried the mold seams need to be cleaned and smoothed. Then put in the kiln and fired. Our kiln takes approximately 7.5 hours to reach target temperature of 1940 degrees for green ware firing.
Step 5) Ready to Paint
Once the green ware has been fired to bisque it’s time to paint!
Step 6) Glazed and Fired
After item has been painted it is dipped in a clear glaze and fired. Our big kiln takes approximately 8 hours to heat to target temperature of 1830 degrees and almost two days to cool back down to room temperature.
Step 7) Enjoy your Creation
The last part of the ceramic process is to enjoy your finished piece!