To achieve the results I want means laboriously and painstaking cleaning each piece using a fine brush, which has been dipped in distilled water… taking care not to use too much water otherwise the piece will simply disintegrate, literally!
I repeat this method over and over again.
When cleaning a pair of hands for example, it takes me a minimum of two and a half hours. However, if I want to manipulate the hands so that the doll can hold something for example, it takes at least twice that length of time…!
Only when I am entirely happy do I move on to another piece, when the ‘cleaning’ progress begins again.
The final stage for me, is polishing the pieces. Using a piece of soft fabric and also my finger, I carefully rub over every piece, taking care as the greenware is still very delicate and it can break and snap easily, which at this point is very frustrating. I continue to polish until the pieces have a subtle shine. Then, the greenware is placed into my kiln and fired to over 1200Âºc, this is at the point when ‘vitrification’ occurs and this is when the greenware becomes porcelain.
Once removed from the kiln the fun part starts and this is when I breathe life in to my dolls, by beginning my painting process.
“Each day comes bearing it’s own gifts… untie the ribbon.”
Fired Porcealian Pieces In My Kiln...