Heritage Hill Pottery » Red Oak Iowa Pottery

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Heritage Hill Pottery is located in beautiful, historic Red Oak, Iowa, and was started by clay artist, Cece Lock. Each piece of pottery is crafted from selected stoneware, porcelain or raku clays and made entirely by hand on the potter’s wheel. Because of this handmade process, no two pieces are exactly alike, which make them a welcome addition to the collector’s shelf.

Questions & Answers about My Work

Question: Are all your pieces One of a Kind?

Answer: YES.  I throw each piece individually on the potter’s wheel to create the basic shape.  A few days later, I trim each vessel to refine the form.  When the piece has dried to leather hard I will complete the piece adding a spout and a handle when making the teapots.  When the piece has dried it is ready for the first firing, the bisque firing.  Once the pieces come through the first (bisque) firing, they are glazed for the stoneware firing.

The decorative raku pottery is not glazed but polished.  This process aligns the clay particles so the finest clay rises to the surface, creating the satin finish.  The piece is then bisque fired and the final firing is done in a raku kiln.  From start to finish, the creation of each piece of pottery takes about 3 weeks.

Question: Do your vessels hold water?

Answer: The stoneware pieces are fully functional, meaning they hold water and can be used, however the stoneware teapots should not be set directly on a hot stove. Hot water can be poured into each teapot safely.

For the decorative raku pottery, no. The satiny surface you see on my raku vessels appears because there is NO GLAZE on the work. Glaze acts as a sealant to clay. Since my raku vessels are unglazed, like a terra cotta flower pot, they are porous and if filled with water, it would seep out over time. These vessels can hold any material that is dry or packaged in another packing.

Question: How are the handles made?

Answer: Some of the handles on the stoneware teapots are made from cane.  Because of this, the teapots should not be washed in a dishwasher.

Some of the handles on my raku pieces are made from clay and some are made from wood. Each wood handle is treated with a stain to ensure they last.

Question: Do I have to do anything special to clean and maintain the raku pottery?

Answer: It is easy to keep raku fired pottery clean and satiny. Simply dusting it with a soft, dry cloth or if you feel the finish is getting dull.  Remember, do not use water. These pieces are unglazed and they do not hold water.  Often water will stain the surface.