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Basically, Robert does the throwing and Emily does the glazing.
This is fairly typical I think from what I can tell about other potter pairs, but it works particularly well for us. Robert has been throwing since he was six years old when he saw a pottery wheel sitting, unused, in a corner of his New Jersey art class. He didn’t know what it did and hadn’t seen it used, but knew immediately that it looked interesting and wanted to play with it. This is a fairly typical response for Robert when something looks interesting, even today. Almost thirty years later, Robert has matured into an accomplished potter. He has been studying pottery since the age of ten. His teachers include Stephen Murfitt (author: The Glaze Book) who taught him the fundamentals of throwing and glazing and Martin Homer who has been an invaluable resource and inspiration. Robert took a break from pottery in his early twenties to complete university and doctoral degrees in chemistry and molecular biology.
Emily was inspired to begin painting in oils at the age of eight by her maternal grandmother. Throughout high school and college she studied various media, but has always remained focused on oil painting. Like Robert, Emily took a break from art to complete a doctorate in immunology and microbiology. Robert encouraged her to begin painting again as she encouraged him to pursue pottery as a career. Soon thereafter, their creativity merged into Promethean Pottery.
Our process begins with Robert throwing white stoneware clay on the potter’s wheel. Currently, he uses Phoenix clay but has also worked with Tom Sawyer and Moon White. His personal aesthetic dictates the creation of forms which are well balanced as well as functional. His style continuously evolves with experimentation, but the acceptance of finished pieces is always contingent upon functionality.
So, Robert throws and trims and forms. The pots dry and get put through a low temperature bisque firing. Bisque-ware is sanded, signed, waxed, washed, and dried again. Then Emily gets to glaze it. After glazing, each piece is fired to cone 10 (~2300oF) in an electric kiln. We use an oxidizing atmosphere. The resulting stoneware is dishwasher and microwave safe, unless otherwise specified. All of our glazes are lead-free. In between is all the testing – new shapes and styles, new types of pieces, new techniques, new glazes, always new glazes.