THE WORKING THEORY
Working with Clay should be fun, a bit of a mess, and aim toward objects that are enduring, graceful and unique.
THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH
One handmade ceramic is better than one thousand throwaway plastics.
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All pieces begin on the wheel, are dried leather hard, then trimmed and finished off the wheel. The second part of the process can take anywhere from an hour to several days, depending on the complexity of the form. Dry work is then hardened off in a bisque firing. Porous and brittle at that stage, it is then glazed, and fired to roughly 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature (cone ten in potter lingo) that further finishes the work to the hardness of stone. Mixed media works are then completed with the incorporation of stone, leather, copper or other media, depending on the form.
Feet are stone burnished on the wheel during trimming to compress the clay and minimize abrasive properties. Some pieces are then sanded or placed on a diamond wheel after the final firing -- ground smooth to prevent scratching. Please note that stoneware clays are inherently rougher than porcelain, so while every effort is made to smooth the piece, some care is advised using stoneware on fine wood surfaces.
All work is made by hand in Vermont by CS Manegold. Functional ware is microwave and dishwasher safe, and finished with nontoxic glazes. Some decorative and mixed media work incorporates glazes that are not food safe. Please see individual listings for those details or reach out if you have questions. And watch for new work which will be uploaded to this site as time and new firings allow...
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* Yep, you read that right. It's BRID.port not Bridgeport.
Bridport, Vermont has no "g" and no companion town in the U.S. though there is a Bridport, England. And for those of us with dyslexia, sometimes I write Birdport (which I rather like!).