WELCOME TO FIRED UP CLAY WORKS
Handmade Terracotta Pottery
A BIT ABOUT US AND OUR PROCESS
We are a two person studio. Richard was born and raised in Hawaii and Robin is a native Oregonian. We met over 30 years ago at an arts fair. We've been working together ever since.
Richard makes the pots out of local Oregon clay by throwing on a potter's wheel, molding over a plaster cast or slab working with a roller. The pots are then carefully dried. Robin takes the dry pots, smooths and washes the surfaces and then paints them with up to 14 coats of our own custom mixed ceramic colors. These colors are nontoxic minerals and completely fired into the pot so they will never fade or wash away. We then put them in a bisque kiln and fire to 1900 degrees. Richard takes the bisqued pieces and coats them in our lead free and nontoxic clear glaze. The pieces are then glazed fired to over 2000 degrees. The same temperature as molten lava!
The whole process takes about a week and a half with each piece spending 4 days in a kiln. The work is perfect for the oven, it bakes just like a brick and holds the temperature at a steady heat. It is dishwasher safe although large pieces are best washed by hand. It may be microwaved for a few minutes to reheat but the pot will heat up so take care when removing from microwave. All of our work is completely safe and nontoxic for eating and cooking.
OUR PRODUCT LINES
Something for everyone!
Our work comes in three product lines at three different price points.
Art for everyday
Our Arts lines are highly decorated works inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement that embraced traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. It brought art to everyday items and I think those ideas are just important today.
Color for every home.
Our Craft patterns draw inspiration from around the world. They come in a range of palettes that compliment every decor.
A riot of color
Our Confetti line is an instant party. Each piece is decorated with multiple washes of different shades of the color. That gives the pieces a depth and texture. Each piece is a unique work which makes then really fun. They make a great display.