25lbs of raw clay.  Will it become bowls, mugs, or sculptural pieces?  Time will tell...

25lbs of raw clay.  Will it become bowls, mugs, or sculptural pieces?  Time will tell...

Medium vase form with incised tribal motif.  

Vase assembled and waiting to dry enough for its first firing. The raised design uses a technique called 'slip trailing' - basically drawing with liquid clay.

Vase assembled and waiting to dry enough for its first firing. The raised design uses a technique called 'slip trailing' - basically drawing with liquid clay.

Completed vase, "Block Party" in all its glory! Matte exterior with glossy splashes of color. 

Completed vase, "Block Party" in all its glory! Matte exterior with glossy splashes of color. 

Original Designs

All 143 Pottery items are made in The Bahamas by hand from my original designs.  I draw inspiration from the beauty around me and from the rich cultural heritage of The Bahamas.

Wheel Thrown or Hand Built

Pieces are either hand built using clay slabs or are wheel thrown.  Once the form has taken shape, I may sometimes choose to alter its surface by making incisions, or by carving designs and patterns in the clay. 

Controlled Drying & First Firing

Each piece is given several days to dry gradually and evenly under controlled conditions.  Once the piece is at the proper level of dryness, it is ready to be placed in the kiln for its first 'firing' after which time it will be ready to accept application of the appropriate glazes (colours).

Glazing

Glazes are applied using a variety of methods depending on the aesthetic needs of the piece.  Some items are dipped, others have glaze painted on with brushes, sponges, or using an air brush. 

All items that are designated food safe use only those glazes that have been certified lead free.

Through The Fire

Once glaze is applied, the piece is ready for its final firing in the kiln at temperatures just over 1900 degrees Fahrenheit.   After many hours, the kiln is given time to cool, then opened to reveal its treasure.  Each collection of 143 Pottery by Lisa Codella is a labour of love waiting to become a part of your life story. From my heart to your home.

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