Clay to Cups

First, the clay is "wedged', that is, cut to a prescribed weight and softened by working it with the hands.

Next, the "balls" of clay are individually thrown on a potter's wheel into the shape of the cup.

The third step is to "pull" the tails and then attach them to the still wet cups.

After the cups dry they are known as "greenware". They are then ready to be sanded and prepared for underglazing.

Painting, or "underglazing" is done with special paints that can withstand multiple firings at temperatures exceeding 2000 degrees

After the first firing, the "Bisque" ware is dipped in glaze and fired again to achieve it's glassy finish.

At temperatures reaching1,950 degrees, the liguid glaze becomes a hard glass finish
on the cup.

The final phase of the process is to apply the "cats" to the cup. These decals were designed by the artist.

A final firing to seal the image into the glaze and they're complete.

Carefully packaged, the "cats" are off to a new home!