Ray has been a full-time studio potter since 1973. He creates one-of-a-kind hand-thrown porcelain pieces, using crystalline glazes and other similar high-fire fluid glazes; some matte and some high gloss. These types of glazes require an exacting application and design of glaze and a precision firing schedule to be successful. All of the glazes tend to be unpredictably fluid and leave a jagged, chipped foot when removed from the kiln. So, each piece is fired on a small custom pedestal and the residue and flaws are ground away once they have cooled.
He experiments with new glazes and applications in every work cycle and chooses from the tests to expand his glaze palette. Each piece is fired in a large, commercially manufactured electric kiln that was re-engineered with modern controllers to fire these types of glazes. He is attracted to and selects glazes that reflect some property of nature, from the cosmos to lichens growing on a rock.
Here is a line of diamond grinding discs and and diamond saturated polishing pads adapted to a potters wheel to repair and finish ceramic pieces. They allow you to use your potter's wheel like a slower speed lap grinder and polisher. This is a new line of products to replace and expand those that we began offering in 2007. You can also see them on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/shop/SlickfootClayTools