Redware refers to the color of the clay I use, which comes from the presence of iron oxide in the earth. Slip is made by suspending clay particles in water and has a consistency similar to heavy cream. Oxides or stains are added for color then the slip is applied and manipulated in a variety of ways for decoration. Most often color in ceramic pieces is in the glaze, but with slip decorated ware the color comes from the slip and every piece is finished with a clear glaze. Traditionally, lead glazes were used for this purpose, but the glaze I use is lead-free and safe and intended for daily use.
Inspired by early English and American pottery, I use the same techniques as 17th and 18th century potters, but have reinterpreted their traditional colors and patterns to accommodate my tastes and modern aesthetics.
Hand washing is recommended.