General Info & Policies

GENERAL SAFETY STATEMENT

All the pottery on this site has been handmade and hand painted, so no two pieces will ever be the same. All mugs and plates (expect for items noted to contain luster) are food safe, microwave safe and dishwasher safe.

CUSTOM ORDERS

If there is something you would like, but you don't see it on my site, or if you want a personalized item, please email me at littlebirdpottery.nc@gmail.com. I'd love to try to make you that perfect little something. However, please keep in mind that you need to allow up to 2-4 weeks for creation.

 

TECHNIQUES THAT I USE IN MY POTTERY

I enjoy trying many techniques, but not all of them stick. Here are a few vocabulary items with their explanations:

  • Sgraffito is a technique where potters can put a layer of glaze or slip on a piece of pottery, let it dry, then use a pottery carving tool to scratch at it to show the base layer of color. Sgraffito derives from an Italian word meaning “to scratch”.

  • Mishima is a technique where you cover the entire greenware piece (not yet been fired) with wax resist. You then carve out your design and cover with underglaze, so that the color is filled into the grooves. Once it's been bisque fired (the first of 2 firings), I add the color, cover with clear glaze and then fire again.
  • The Peacock Eye pattern has become very popular among potters is produced by using contrasting glazes and a substance that lowers the melting point of glazes to make them blend together. The result is typically an unexpected, but beautiful blend of colors that resemble the design of peacock feathers.



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