peninsula pottery processEach pot is weighted into specific amounts depending upon the ware to be made. These are then thrown on the wheel. The turned clay then needs to dry to leather-hard. Drying is best done slowly and naturally to prevent cracking. When dry, the item can be turned to remove any excess clay from the base if needed. Lorraine avoids adding a foot ring as this holds the water when placed in the dishwasher.

Handles and peninsula pottery sprigs are then added. A second drying process is then needed – again, this is done naturally and can take 3 to 4 days. The item is then fired to 980° C to bisque stage but the pot is still porous and quite weak.

The pot is waxed at the base and the item is then dipped into a stoneware glaze then double dipped at base and rim. After cleaning the base of excess glaze the potter then uses her own unique stamps to add the ‘Peninsula’ feature. It is then fired in the kiln for the second time to 1250 C, which vitrifies the clay and glaze. This ensures the pot is microwave, oven and dishwasher proof.

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