LAIL STONEWARE IS MADE WITH TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES DATING BACK 1000’S OF YEARS
The Alchemy of Clay
Lail ceramics are all hand thrown on a wheel, hand trimmed and bisque-fired. The pieces are then glazed and fired in a gas kiln with a reduction atmosphere, large fluctuations in temperature and humidity affect the clay, it can freeze during winter, and in summer may dry too fast resulting in cracking. The perilous journey doesn’t end there, work can explode in the bisque firing, then later still many pieces warp or glazes fail. Each firing is an adrenaline filled 12 hour process, followed by a tense 2 day wait for the load to cool.
Each piece is hand-thrown on a wheel.
Brad was introduced to the wheel at age 14 and his early works were inspired by the traditional folk art pottery of North Carolina, particularly face jugs and slip trailed decorative pieces. He went on to study 3D Art at college in North Carolina with a focus in ceramics. During which time he studied abroad for 3 months in jingdezhen China, the porcelain capital of the world. After graduating Brad apprenticed with Mark Hewitt whose legacy of making traditional wood fired pottery, and large stoneware vessels piqued his interest, it was during this apprenticeship that he discovered a love for the pottery of Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew, a lineage that Hewitt himself hails from. He continued his training as a journeyman potter in Seagrove NC where he learned production throwing, making the same object to precise measurements hundreds of times over.
Functional, Durable, Timeless.
Our work has been informed by a variety of sources, our classic mug and pitcher were influenced by the ceramics of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, in particular the handles, which Brad traces back hundreds of years to medieval Devonshire harvest jugs. Danish ceramics with their minimal silhouettes and simplified forms have influenced our collection, adopting a quiet presence and serving as multifunctional vessels. Our glaze palette draws from the earthy hues and saturated accent colors characterized by mid century design, ceramicists like David Cressey, Gainey, and Heath have all inspired our approach.