Design Elements

Each piece is built on a foundation of key design elements. Understanding what those are, and what options there are in each, facilitates the design process and creating a piece most suited to your needs.


  • Table ware (bowls, cups, mugs, platters, wavy bowls, teapots)
  • Bake ware (baking stones, lidded crock pots, bread pans, pie pans, cookie sheets, et. al.)
  • House ware (sinks, vases, soap and sponge holders, toothbrush holders, et. al.)
  • Art (sculptures, wall hangings, ornaments)


  • Size
  • Edge and rim character (straight, curvy, thickness, angle)
  • Wall thickness
  • Handles or other additions
  • Piece footing (how does the piece rest?)
  • Design proportions

Clay Components

  • Clay(s) used (stoneware, terra cotta, porcelain, black)
  • Defined clay borders or agate/marbled pattern
  • Inlaid pieces (clay, metal, stone)
  • Slip painting, and/or etching


  • Texture (for example smooth, burnished, braided, or feathered, with infinite other possibilities)
  • Pressed forms (leaves, stamps)
  • Glazes–or not (clear on food surface, accent colors)
  • Protruding elements (e.g. incorporated sculptures)