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FINE STONEWARE

Ceramics is a slow and methodical art. To create our fine stoneware lighting parts, natural clay is carefully transformed over multiple weeks through a combination of laborious techniques by our skilled, local artisans in Portland, Oregon.

SLIP-CASTING

The process starts with a liquefied clay called "slip". The slip is poured into a plaster mold where moisture is absorbed for a few hours as the form begins to take shape. Eventually, excess slip is poured out and the clay form is allowed to dry a bit longer before being carefully removed from the mold. Once removed from the mold, the parts dry on shelves until the clay is "leather-hard".

TRIMMING

At this point the clay is hard enough to maintain its shape but needs to be trimmed and cleaned. Skilled potters use tools and damp sponges to refine each piece. After this time-consuming process, the form is ready for kiln firing.

"Natural clay is carefully transformed over multiple weeks through a combination of laborious techniques"

"Ceramics is a slow and methodical art"

RAM PRESS

The ram press is a heavy machine that uses large amounts of pressure and steam to shape wet clay in a mold. The part is then hand-trimmed, cleaned and holes are added. After refinement, the parts are sent to the kiln for their first firing.

GLAZING

Following the first firing, some items are coated in a decorative glaze. Glazes come in an array of colors and finishes, providing a wide range of effects. Once the glaze is applied, the parts are sent back to the kiln for a final firing.

OUR CERAMIC LIGHTING

Ceramics bring a rich, natural texture to any interior.