What kind of clay do you use? Right now, I use Laguna bmix and fire to cone 6. It's a porcelain/stoneware mix.
Do you make everything by hand? I sure do! Most of my pieces are constructed from clay slabs rolled out with a slab roller. I've developed and use a series of templates.
What are the earring posts made out of? The posts are titanium (nickel and cadmium free) paired with stainless steel backings. I have sensitive ears, so I know how tricky it can be to find earrings that don't irritate! The hanging earrings are Argentium Silver.
Why can't this go in the microwave? If it's marked "not microwave safe" it's because either: 1. gold luster is a metal and metal cannot go in a microwave; or 2. red clays with a high iron content might not fair well with microwaves because again, metal can't go in the microwave.
Is this art functional? Absolutely! My work is meant to be used. I prefer sturdy, simple forms so it's less intimidating to actually use your one of a kind, handmade item.
Where's your blue hair? I have a habit of changing my hair pretty often. Blue was definitely one most people remember! Right now my hair is all sorts of pinks and fuchsias.
How do I care for my handmade pottery? Handmade pots can withstand the same use and washing as factory made ceramics. If there's any luster, it's best to hand wash the pot; otherwise it will wear away.
Is the luster actually real gold? Yup! Luster is a liquid that contains 22 karat gold, which is what remains once fired for a third time after the glaze fire.
How do you package your pots? For most items, I double box. The pot is wrapped in tissue paper and a small amount of bubble wrap, then placed in a double walled box. Then that box is placed in a larger box with eco friendly dissolvable packing peanuts. I also reuse a combination of shipping materials I receive in the mail if they are clean enough. as ceramics are breakable, I take great care in how I package my work; I find double boxing is the best protection for insuring a safe arrival to it's new home.