At Allamakee Wood-Fired Pottery, all of our pots are hand-thrown out of a variety of durable stoneware and porcelain clays and are food, drink, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
The throwing cycle lasts about two months, although depending on the time of year and our show schedule it can vary widely.
The glazing is done "raw" which means the pots have not gone through a preliminary (bisque) firing prior to glazing and are only partially dry when the glaze is applied. Raw glazing is the traditional method of glaze application and we like to use the wet surface to decorate the pots with finger wipes and incising.
Many indigenous materials are used for glazes, including kaolins and ball clays from SW Minnesota, Wisconsin granites, and wood-ashes from our house furnace.
These hand-processed raw materials lend more variety and character to the glaze surfaces than most products available commercially.