Our Process

From a ball of clay to a finished mug on your doorstep, each piece is treated with care.

Preparing the Clay

We begin making a new batch of work by weighting out balls of clay based on size and style and wedging them to remove any inconsistency.

We source our clay from a local clay manufacturer here in Oregon!

Throwing to Size

Our work is thrown to carefully measured specifications, sensitive to the subtleties of each shape's form.

There is slight variation in each hand thrown peice.

Jiggering Dinnerware

Our dinnerware is formed on the jigger-jolly. Each piece is thoughtfully compressed and smoothed to prevent cracking during firing.

Drying and Trimming

After drying for a day or two, the pots have partially dried to 'leather hard' and are ready to trim. Excess clay is trimmed away and the surface is smoothed to ensure that glaze designs can be applied seamlessly after the first bisque firing.

Mugs and vessels waiting for handles are covered to prevent them from drying further before we are ready for attachments.

Attaching Handles

Handles are formed around templates, scored, and attached. We keep a close eye on all angles to ensure that the handle is sitting on the pot correctly. The attachment points are smoothed and the pot is left to dry completely before bisque firing.

Bisque Firing

In the first firing called the bisque firing, pots are fired to 1845 degrees Fahrenheit. Before they are bisque fired, the fully dry pots are very brittle and can still be recycled by being rehydrated and wedged or mixed and extruded in our pug mill. After bisque firing the pots are hardened, stronger, and can no longer be recycled. Their surface is porous and ready for glaze to be applied.