the alchemy

working with porcelain

Every piece I make is from a very pure Grolleg Porcelain. This extremely pure clay gives the brightest, cleanest colors and has a very high glass content giving extra translucence and strength. This magnificent material is very hard to work with and I have labored relentlessly to refine my skills so that I can make any form I desire.

Primarily I work on the wheel, but when I am pulling handles or adding spouts, a significant amount of sculpting is required which I am very at home with (I love sculpting! Oh, if I had more time). For more decorative elements I also do inlaid carving, small amounts of casting, brushwork and silk screening. I will master any technique to get the look I want.

working with glazes

Every glaze I mix from scratch and the recipes are uniquely mine. Each glaze has a distinctive look and it's own chemistry, history and story to tell.


Celadon

Celadon glazes range from a deep jade green to a pale blue.
They originated at the beginning of the Northern Song Dynasty in China, 960 AD. You would find Celadons alongside emporors and traded among the most valuable objects on the silk road. At their peak, they were worth more than gold. Celadons were revered for their luscious color, similarity to Jade and can still be found in Museums and history books.

Among the many secrets of Celadons is their chemistry. They are a clear glaze with a very specific amount of Iron. The Iron disrupts the crystalline structure so that light passing through the glaze is bent to be green or blue. The color is an optical illusion and this phenomenon gives a unique glazing opportunity. By layering multiple coats of the glaze I can achieve a richer, deeper color that cannot be found anywhere else in ceramics. This effect pairs perfectly by enhancing the form, color and translucence of my Porcelain.

I have spent years refining this recipe to be exactly what I love and it is my first choice whenever glazing.


Crystalline

Crystalline glazes are the pinnacle of technical ceramics.
They are the most challenging thing I could ever do with clay. They involve a computerized kiln, extremly specific requirements that literally boggle my mind and I would be lost without the help of my friend and Ceramic Chemist, Dr. Phil Hamling. I will do a more in depth write up detailing this insane and wonderful process, sometime in the near future.