Pieces are stoneware fired in an electric kiln (powered by 100% renewable energy) making them strong, durable, water tight and frost proof.
Construction methods encompass many ancient techniques such as modelling, slab work, coiling and pinching. Using very minimal tools and equipment. Pieces can take anything up to a month to create (sometimes longer depending on the piece) and then they are dried slowly for 1-2 weeks.
Once fully dried pieces are bisque fired to be ready for accepting glaze. Some pieces are only single fired, which saves energy but still produces a strong stoneware piece. Glazing is done in a variety of ways such as brush glazing, dipping, washes, hand painting etc. all done by hand and individually to each piece. Somewhat a signature to Cat's Ceramics - recycled glass is often used to decorate too!
When this is finished the glaze firing can be done, taking pieces upto 1300 degrees centigrade in a long slow kiln firing over 12 hours. The pieces get so hot the glaze becomes one with the ceramic piece through vitrification.
It is still another long 12 hours before the kiln is cool enough to take out the finish pottery. Ceramics really is all about patience....