These pots and lids are individually thrown on a potter's
wheel, and burnished by hand when the clay is nearly dry.
They are fired without glaze in a specially prepared wood fire.
All the color comes from the materials in the fire. There
is no glaze in the usual sense, and every pot is
completely unique in both form and surface pattern.
Handles are small pieces of driftwood from the beaches
of the Pacific Northwest, tied on with seine twine.
Got a nice twig? Make your own handle!
Burnishing gives the pots a semigloss surface with a
soft, smooth, pleasing texture. They are light in the hand,
and the wood firing fills them with a serene, calming energy.
This technique was pioneered by my dear friend and potter
extraordinaire Joel Bennett, of Forestville, California.