When we say our pottery is handmade and one-of-a-kind, we mean it. Each stage of the pottery-making process allows each piece to have its own character and story, making it a work of art. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see process videos and get a behind-the-scenes look at Firebrand Pottery.
We call our big, gas-fired kiln, “The Big Boy.” He is so large that we have him on railroad tracks to open and close, and it takes some muscle! Loading the kiln takes several hours, as you have to build your shelves from the ground up, layering your pieces in a certain way. Placement is important, as well, in order to get the best firing and color.
Inside the kiln, the glaze interacts with the heat of the kiln, and depending on where it is in the kiln, or even which way it is facing, the color will come out differently each time. Every time we open the kiln, we are taking pictures and marveling at how science and art collide to create such beautiful pieces.
We fire to a cone 10, which means we get to around 2300 degrees, and this process is overseen by people on our team with specialized knowledge of kiln firing. From the time in the kiln, to the time out of the kiln, it is usually 3 days.
The pottery is absolutely beautiful, when it comes out of the kiln, but it isn’t quite ready to be sold. Each piece has to be hand sanded to smooth out any parts where the raw clay body shows through.