This is the stuff I really can get my hands into…and i don’t mind getting dirty.
Its not always the glaze that is the star of the show, its the clay body itself. I’ve chosen a star-lineup of clays that I know perform and stand the test of being called a true stoneware. But what is stoneware?
Back in the day, most pots were earthenware. They broke easily, and were harder to keep around. Then came stoneware. Thank you German vintners!
Stoneware differs from earthenware in that it is fired in the kiln at a high temperature, is more durable, and lasts longer. Stoneware was a phenomenon that allowed wine, cooking, and industry to flourish–and is the best clay for craftsman potteries.
This clay is my standard. It has enough taupe color in it to make it go with every glaze I use and is the best for the most durable stoneware ever.
While this looks a little red when soft, it fires to a nice creamy brown speckle.
I love this with the craftsman blue glaze. Overall, my more sophisticated choice.
Just like it says, a rich, deep red stoneware. The strength of stoneware, but the red color of earthenware.
When choosing colors, I wanted to offer something others didn’t. And with this brown chocolate-colored clay, I can make pieces with a distinct brown and not have to use glaze to get it. Superb.
I never thought I’d see the day that I’d throw pots using porcelain. Its like making warm butter climb a tree. While I choose my pieces carefully, I know that my porcelain skills only get better–and boy, am I proud.