Our shared backgrounds in fabrication and design influence our process in both technique and approach. We work independently but come together at each stage along the way to discuss and critique our progress. Handing our work back and forth gives us breathing room, allowing us to keep a fresh perspective.

Creating highly functional, ergonomic objects is our first priority. Our design process always begins on paper and is propelled by intention. Dozens of technical drawings are created, edited and refined before we choose a form to prototype. Initial prototypes, constructed from wood and clay, are converted to plaster models for fine tuning before plaster molds are made for slip casting.

Our primary clay body is a vibrant red fritware inspired by 13th century Persian stone paste. Using frit as our primary body flux enables high vitrification at low temperatures and increases the hardness and density of the body. Our food safe, polychrome glazes have been rigorously formulated to fit our clay body to eliminate common glaze faults, such as crazing, and extend the durability and longevity of the work.

Our current surface decorations are created using recycled paper slip resists and sgraffito – carving through one layer to reveal another. These techniques are combined to create individual compositions for each piece.

Click the image below to read our process article written for Ceramics Monthly.

 

Originally published in February 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 40-43. www.ceramicsmonthly.org  
Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.