Process - The MMclay Way

 View into the MMclay Design & Production Studio in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

View into the MMclay Design & Production Studio in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California

 Stacked glazed ware, ready for the glaze firing  

Stacked glazed ware, ready for the glaze firing  

 Stacked wheel-thrown 'greenware' waiting to be bisque fired

Stacked wheel-thrown 'greenware' waiting to be bisque fired

 Clay slab being formed and cut on a slump mold

Clay slab being formed and cut on a slump mold

 Our lovely Betta fish keeping us company in the studio

Our lovely Betta fish keeping us company in the studio

 Hand-texture added to the bottom of a 14" Serving Platter, The Progress Collection

Hand-texture added to the bottom of a 14" Serving Platter, The Progress Collection

 Sponging the corners after trimming the edge of a 14" Serving Platter

Sponging the corners after trimming the edge of a 14" Serving Platter

 MaryMar Keenan using a rib to smooth the surface of a clay slab

MaryMar Keenan using a rib to smooth the surface of a clay slab

 Clay being formed on a slump mold

Clay being formed on a slump mold

 Pasta Bowl edges being trimmed prior to adding texture

Pasta Bowl edges being trimmed prior to adding texture

 Stamping the bottom of a cup with the MMclay logo

Stamping the bottom of a cup with the MMclay logo

 The Progress Collection stamp. The collection was originally designed for The Progress Restaurant in San Francisco, and is now our best-selling line

The Progress Collection stamp. The collection was originally designed for The Progress Restaurant in San Francisco, and is now our best-selling line

 'Leather Hard' wheel-thrown cup being centered before adding texture

'Leather Hard' wheel-thrown cup being centered before adding texture

 Safety third, except when you're grinding stoneware 

Safety third, except when you're grinding stoneware 

 MMclay stamp on the pottery wheel 

MMclay stamp on the pottery wheel 

 Close up shot of a glazed plate 

Close up shot of a glazed plate 

 The back texture of an 11" Dinner Plate - Sierra Line

The back texture of an 11" Dinner Plate - Sierra Line

 4" Ramekins from the Sierra Line stacked before bisque firing

4" Ramekins from the Sierra Line stacked before bisque firing

 Wall-to-ceiling shelves to maximize space in my small production studio behind Blue Bottle Coffee in Hayes Valley, San Francisco

Wall-to-ceiling shelves to maximize space in my small production studio behind Blue Bottle Coffee in Hayes Valley, San Francisco

 Clay being wedged to remove air bubbles 

Clay being wedged to remove air bubbles 

 Texture being added to a  Land & Sea Cup

Texture being added to a Land & Sea Cup

 Cereal Bowls from The Workshop Series

Cereal Bowls from The Workshop Series

 Texture being added to a  Land & Sea Cup

Texture being added to a Land & Sea Cup

  Land & Sea Cup  being shaped on the pottery wheel. Each one is wheel-thrown - never slip-cast!

Land & Sea Cup being shaped on the pottery wheel. Each one is wheel-thrown - never slip-cast!

 The Workshop Series, which has a signature rust-like edge

The Workshop Series, which has a signature rust-like edge

 MaryMar Keenan in the doorway of the MMclay Airstream - our first retail location ever! 

MaryMar Keenan in the doorway of the MMclay Airstream - our first retail location ever! 

Photo Credit: Nicola Parisi