Making the Pots
There are three main techniques that Brin and Dale use in making their pottery:
throwing them on a wheel, pressing them into handmade molds, and using an extruder.
Brin rolls out slabs of clay on the slab roller and then presses it into plaster molds that Dale made. The plates and platters with cut edges and butter dishes are made this way. Many of them also have leaf impressions on them, which is done through a resist process. The leaves are pressed in when the pot is not quite dry and a clay slip is painted over them. Then, after the slip has dried, the leaves are removed, leaving their impressions. Once the glaze has been applied, the leaf impressions appear darker because there is no slip, which is white, in that area.
The pots that are made from the extruder are various sizes of vases. They are extruded out and then the shapes are made less sharp looking in some cases, such as circular ones being made into ovals. Then bottoms are put on them, the tops are shaped, and they are decorated with slips and other decorations. The square ones have rims put on them and little handles and/or feet as can be seen below.
1 Mixing Clay
2 Making the Pots
4 Bisque Kiln