Each of my botanical pieces begins with a walk in the mountains and woods of Central Virginia where I gather wild plant specimens. All of my pieces are wheel-thrown using a buff-colored stoneware clay body. I press plant specimens into the wet clay, and then pull the specimen off, leaving an accurate fossil impression which gives me a template for glazing. I use a churchkey to make the repetitive point pattern at the rims and bases of some of the pieces, pressing one point at a time, free hand.
Knobs, handles and feet are hand pulled from stoneware. People often mistake my handles for wrought iron, but they are clay.
I use a combination of my own glaze recipes and commercial glazes. The glazes we mix ourselves include a green copper ash, an amber celadon, a blue celadon and a temmoku black. We use a variety of techniques to glaze each piece, including waxing, dipping, wiping and brushing. We sponge a red iron oxide wash over the point pattern and any unglazed areas.