Clay is weighed and wedged before throwing.

Each piece of pottery begins by centering the clay on the wheel.


A guitar string, mounted to a brick, marks the height and width for a set of bowls.

After a pot has dried for a day or two, a foot ring is trimmed with a sharp loop tool.


A group of Rose Bowls in a white stoneware ready for bisque firing.

The handle on a mug is one of the few processes that is not made on the wheel.


Double foot rings on each plate.


Exploring a new flared vase shape. These are drying and haven’t been fired yet.

Greenware pieces must be absolutely dry before bisque firing.


Collared vases in white stoneware will be glazed in Eggshell.


The surface of these match strikers with change dramatically after firing, from gray to almond-colored.

Using a piece leather to compress the rim of a bowl.


This set of tumblers is drying and will be glazed in Matte Black.

The opening of this recycled clay bird feeder is made with a cookie cutter.

Glaze testing is a slow but rewarding part of the process. In the upper right is a sample that evolved into the Ice glaze.


A balloon vase in recycled clay on the wheel.

The Flathead pattern is normally stamped, but here it is carved into a cylinder vase of recycled clay.

The word ‘studio’ sounds good, but it’s really a garage with ladders, extension cords, bikes, paint and garden tools.


Glaze testing with two different clays — white and almond stoneware.


The Flathead pattern is hand-stamped into a Trumpet Vase.


This Fog Vase will be fired at Berkeley Potters Studio.


A stamped number indicates the type of clay used.