Handcrafted since 1948
Peter Pots Pottery was founded on a good-design principle that held the wares we use in our home should be both beautiful and highly functional. We still honor that principle today, recognizing that neither beauty nor function are possible without great attention to craft. In what follows is a closer look at how we craft our pottery.
Each piece of Peter Pots Pottery is fully handmade from concept to completion. Every design begins as a handcrafted three-dimensional master from which plaster production molds are made.
Our process is called slip-casting, where our specially-formulated liquid clay, or slip, is poured to fill the plaster mold.
As the mold absorbs water from the slip, a thick layer of clay lines the mold, and the liquid center is then poured out.
When the clay inside the mold dries to be leather-hard, it can be safely trimmed, removed from the mold, and allowed to dry completely.
Once dry, this fragile greenware undergoes extensive hand finishing, to smooth the surface, round the edges, shape final details, and prepare it for glazing and firing.
Each piece has both white and colored glaze applied, creating our unique and distinctive appearance.
The pottery is then ready for firing, and each piece is carefully positioned on the shelves of the kiln.
Once loaded, our kiln is fired to nearly 2200 degrees F, a process that takes about ten hours to reach that temperature.
The entire process is no different than it was at the outset seventy years ago. Being fully handcrafted and made from natural materials, there is a slight variation in color and shape from piece to piece, which is part of the essence of a true handcraft. We intend to keep it that way.