- About LA Clay -
What's the Process
Hi welcome to my site, My name is Lea.
I've been building up my ceramic skills for a couple of years now, I work full time so evenings or weekends are my chance to get my hands dirty and make some Pottery in my shed.
I start off my figuring out what I want to make, at the moment I'm enjoying learning how to create my own moulds and slip cast products. Once a mould is created and ready I begin with Liquid Clay (Slip), this is poured into the mould
The plaster mould pulls water out of the clay, causing the clay to thicken up. The slip is left until it has the correct wall thickness, then the remaining clay is poured out of the mould, leaving a cast of the product I'm making. I leave the product in the mould to firm up, if taken out straight away it would warp and fold in on its self.
Once the product is firm enough, it is taken out and cleaned up, Sometimes there will be excess clay around the seam lines that needs to be removed and and overall sponge down given to make sure its ready for a bisque fire.
In order to run a Bisque fire all products need to be 100% dry, if I were to put wet clay into a bisque fire the water in the clay would turn to steam and the steam would cause the product to explode. ( patience is a virtue)
I run a bisque fire for all of the products that have dried out, this 1st firing can run from 7 - 12+ hours depending on the speed I set the firing at.
When the bisque firing is complete, the products are ready to be decorated with different glazes.
Once all mugs are covered in glaze, they can go into the final glaze firing, again this can be anywhere from 7 - 12+ hours, firing at more the 1200 Degrees Celsius
When the Kiln has cooled down I can open it to see how everything turned out, this has to be the most exciting part!.
So as you can see, start to finish it can take me 2 weeks to have a product that's ready to go to its forever home.