My pottery is all individually hand built by me—no potter’s wheel, no plaster molds, just the clay, a heavy maple wood rolling pin, a few hand tools, and my hands. I roll out soft slabs of clay, cut and bend and press them into shape, and decorate them with lead-free colors and/or textured patterns. The pieces go through a preliminary firing to harden them, then I apply durable, lead-free glazes, and fire them again to their final temperature: 2200° Fahrenheit (hot enough to melt cast iron). The clays I use (some creamy white, some a little speckly, some buff, brown, or grey) are all different kinds of stoneware, and the pieces are always lead-free and dishwasher safe.