From Clay to table : the process
There are several parts involved in the pottery making process. Clay as you will use in the studio is soft and pliable. After you make a piece of pottery on the wheel, the clay needs to dry before firing in the kiln. This drying may take a week or maybe longer depending on humidity or the thickness of the pottery. When the clay becomes dry to the touch, the firing process may begin. The first firing is called the bisque (bisk) firing. This firing in the kiln takes about 10 hours and changes the clay from soft to hard.
The next step is to glaze the pottery. Glaze is a liquid, glass like coating that the pottery is dipped in. Unlike paint, which just sits on top of the pottery, the glaze becomes part of the pottery, decorates and waterproofs the clay. The final glaze firing reaches about 2130 degrees, which takes about 12 hours. After about 24 hours the pottery is ready to be taken out of the kiln. Your pottery is food safe as well as oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. Please do not use your pottery under a broiler or directly on top of a stove burner.
From the time you visit the studio till your pottery is ready to pick up is about three to four weeks.