The Art of Making a Pot

Our pots are thrown or molded by hand from a clay formula personally developed by Miranda Thomas. Pots are decorated by hand, either by painting or carving. A carved pot is first dipped into a slurry of clay called a slip. The potter waits until the surface is firm but still damp. Then, using an African porcupine quill and slender pieces of bamboo, the potter carves freehand a rabbit, a tree of life, or whatever design is called for. Each carving is unique. The pots are then fired twice. In between the firing, each pot is glazed so that resulting piece is one of five distinct design and color combinations. All glazes are handmade. The process for all pots, no matter the shape, from largest to smallest, is about a week. Each piece starts as clay, water soluble and soft, and ends as stone, ready to be used in the home, either as a decorative piece or as oven-proof, microwave safe serving dish.