Category Archives: Production & Process
Working with clay outdoors puts you at the whim of the weather. The rare, hard freeze can stop production and crystalize and ruin any piece that is not really dry. But during the not-so-rare triple digit highs of summer, work … Continue reading
Clayworks has been hand lettering clay tiles for decades. Most of the work is done for church, school, and nonprofit “name-tile” fundraising projects. My dad, who had some experience in pen and paper calligraphy, learned to apply the technique to … Continue reading
Written by Alice (the potters’ daughter) The last post from Clayworks here on our blog, Mud was in 2013. I’m not sure what happened in 2014, but I know why there were no posts in 2015, ’16, or ’17. In … Continue reading
Two unglazed, unfired craftsman sconces are drying on a shelf and waiting to be glazed and loaded into the kiln. We will post photos of the sconces after they have been glazed red-brown, fired and fitted with art glass windows.
A customer ordered 7 sconces with a custom design; a Texas ranch brand. They provided a thumbnail image. We took it into Adobe Illustrator, traced it and saved it as a vector file. Then it was scaled to fit the … Continue reading
The pigmented clay we sometimes use is generally mixed by hand. John is wedging green clay–pigmented with chrome–for a floor medallion.