In 1989, I learned to create this unique style of porcelain dinnerware in the studio of Mike Haley and Susy Siegle. After ten years of expert training, they helped me design and build my own kiln. I began producing my own work in 1999. I use their style of Neriage, which is an age old Japanese ceramic tradition.

My husband and I mix various natural oxides into white porcelain clay. I then cut the colored clay and assemble it into loaves or blocks with patterns going entirely through theme. Individual slices of these blocks are hand-rolled between clothes and shaped into bowls, cups, plates, and other functional pieces.

These dishes are then carefully bone dried, wet sanded, and lightly airbrushed with a clear glaze. They are then loaded into our kiln and single-fired with wood and propane for 24 to 36 hours until Cone 10 falls, or about 2400 degrees. After a 36 hour cooling period, the door is un-bricked to reveal the "kiss of the kiln" (the warm blushes and ash beauty marks that can only be attained with the reaction of wood and porcelain). I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn this incredible process and continue to enjoy it every day.

Enjoy,
Willow
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Pieces for Corinne and Andrew