At the beginning of this year I began teaching at a local college, my alma mater, Muskingum University! I am currently instructing two ceramic courses there and I'm learning as much as the students!! It has been a challenge to balance both my business and teaching but I'm slowly but surely getting the hang of it.
Essentially from start to finish it takes a piece of my pottery a week to develop. I use two different clay bodies in my work, a brown clay that looks awesome with blue hued glazes. And a white clay that is classic and timeless. My craft was born out of necessity after the passing of my boss and mentor at the pottery studio I worked at. I learned quickly how to throw a mass amount of mugs to complete outstanding orders during that time. It was a crash course in running a pottery, that I chose to continue. The thing I like most about making pottery is the fact that this clay that I'm working with used to be mountains, long ago. So basically I'm a wizard, sculpting this ancient stone into modern day ware. Whoa!! Too deep for ya? But anyway, I am moved by the fact that this is an old craft and I am carrying it on. Another part of the process I enjoy is slip trailing/underglaze detailing. You'll notice alot of my mugs have line drawings/lettering on them. Simple lines and letters have always been my favorite things to draw. Who knew all of those doodles on my school notes are now turning a profit, crazy!.
Check out my IGTV videos, I have a few dedicated to some of my favorite techniques.