THE MAKING: Each piece is hand created from an individual ball of clay. We do not use moulds, nor any industrial methods.

Making Clay Pots at Findhorn Pottery STudio Findhorn
Making Clay Pots at Findhorn Pottery STudio Findhorn
Making Clay Pots at Findhorn Pottery STudio Findhorn

THE FINISHING: On the day the piece is made, it cannot be finished as it is too wet/soft to handle. Therefore the next day we trim and finalise the shapes.

Finishing the clay piece at Findhorn POttery Studio Moray
Finishing the clay piece at Findhorn POttery Studio Moray

DRYING: The pots need to be bone dry before firing. Slightly damp pots will crack or explode in the kiln! It can take one to two weeks for pieces to dry depending on their size and atmospheric humidity.

Drying the clay piece at Findhorn POttery Studio MOray

FIRST FIRING: The pots need to be first fired to make them hard enough to be able to handle and to have their glazes applied. We use an electric kiln and fire to 980deg. C.

First firing of pottery at Findhorn POttery Studio

GLAZING: We use only natural minerals and oxides suspended in water, mixed to our own recipes to create our unique colours.

Glazing the pottery at the Findhorn Pottery Studio
Glazing the pottery at the Findhorn Pottery Studio
Glazing the pottery at the Findhorn Pottery Studio

SECOND (GLAZE) FIRING: We use a process called “reduction firing”, using gas to fire. During this process the atmosphere in the kiln is starved of oxygen encouraging the oxides in the glazes to release some of their oxygen. This helps them to change colour – copper from green to red, iron oxide from rust to black etc.

Second glaze firing of pottery at the studio in Findhorn
Second glaze firing of pottery at the studio in Findhorn

FINALLY: Kiln is unpacked, kiln debris is removed and the pots are now ready for sale.

Clay Pottery Pots ready for Sale at Findhorn Pottery Studio
Clay Pottery Pots ready for Sale at Findhorn Pottery Studio
Clay Pottery Pots ready for Sale at Findhorn Pottery Studio

FINISHED POTS ON SALE IN STUDIO SHOP.

Findhorn Pottery Studio Moray

ALL OUR POTTERY IS FOOD, DISHWASHER AND MICROWAVE SAFE.