Hot Art PotsThe pots are made from a special recipe which we perfected over two and a half years. The clay is pressed into slabs and is then coiled inside the moulds, which were made from original pots designed and crafted by Lesley-Ann herself, in the pinching and coiling technique. The raw pots are then thoroughly air dried before being decorated and glazed, and then fired to the correct temperature, which is much higher than normal ceramics usually get fired to, and a longer length of time spent soaking at it’s optimal temperature.
Thereafter the pots are usually Raku fired to achieve the unexpected colours and tones which we refer to as fire magic. Each pot is an individual work of art, no two pots will ever be the same. We refer to them as Gem Stones. They are just as beautiful and made with infinite care and love.
The Raku ProcessThe Art of Raku.
A Japanese technique of gas firing adds “fire magic” and unpredictability to these handmade fireplaces. Rapidly brought to 1000 degrees Celsius, the pots are immediately removed, glowing from the kiln and plunged into wood shavings. They are then doused with water while still at 700 degrees Celsius, withstanding thermal shock many times more violent than will be incurred during everyday use. Raku is traditionally confined to small pieces in a studio environment – only the special claybody makes Raku possible on this scale. The organic nature of the Raku process makes each pot unique .
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