The designs are originally made from a solid piece of clay. Then I cast it using fine plaster to make multiple moulds. Then the shape is born.
After the mould has dried, it’s ready for slip casting. I use stoneware for its durability.
When the slip-cast pieces are released from the plaster mould, they have to become bone-dry first. After a couple of days, these pieces are gently sanded and sponged by hand and are ready for bisque firing to 1000C.
The bisque firing is essential for a good application of the glazes -which is also self- made- and needs another firing to 1270C this time. At this temperature, the clay and glazes melt together forming the ceramics. In a final step, I polish the bottom of the ceramics smooth to touch.