The wax resist pattern is created using a brush dipped in wax and then painted onto the raw clay to resist the water born glaze from adhering to the surface when glazed. When the piece is fired, the wax is burned away revealing the unglazed clay and finished glaze with an appealing pattern as shown. Each pattern is unique due to the nature of the painting style and rendering of the design. Nothing is drawn on the clay to help in the painting. It is painted in the negative and takes many hours of practice to perfect.
A variant on the wax resist technique, this style incorporates a carved dimple, filled with a drop of ruby red glaze.
The carved pattern is created when the clay form has reached a level of dryness known as “leather hard”. At this stage the thrown form is still very fragile and the artist must take care not to deform or damage it. This pattern was created using a loop tool to carve the lines into a long wave pattern symbolizing the vast beaches of Cape Cod and the surrounding sea. The bronze green glaze pools into the crevasses of the pattern which darkens when fired giving the variance of color found in the most ancient and beautiful of bronze sculpture.
The Jomon Pattern is created using a type of decorating technique where rope is rolled over a piece while the clay is still soft, leaving the patterned impression of the rope’s braid. Named after the Jomon period in Japanese ceramics, where this rope technique was often used.
The sandstone dinnerware pattern is created using the black sand porcelain and rutile glaze. The rutile glaze is completely unremarkable in the raw but comes alive with color from the iron leached from the clay body during firing rendering a burnt mate effect from brown to bright orange. This matte glaze has a soft velvet texture that is pleasing to the touch and you may find yourself absentmindedly petting your plate like a kitten.