Production process: Behind each product, there is a long process. Developing raw clay into a finished product takes typically around three to five weeks, depending on the season. The raw clay is bought from a village rich in clay in the ground and transported to the pottery center where it is left to dry. Once it has dried, it is pounded in a large mortel and finally processed through a sieve, leaving fine powdery material. The next step is to wash the clay. Water is mixed with the powder and slowly drained off, and again, the mixture is pressed through a sieve. The clay is then put in a plastic bag and onto a plastic slab, so the remaining water drains out. Finally, the clay is kneeled and ready to be used. The product is formed on the kick wheel, and once the right shape has been developed, it is left to dry. The drying of the developed product can take up to three weeks depending on the weather, but during the rainy season (May-Oct), the humidity is 85-95% on most days, and the drying can be prolonged. Once the product is dry enough, it is fired in the kiln, the so-called bisque firing. In the wood-fired kiln, the firing takes place for at least 12 hours. Following the firing, the product is then glazed and fired again in a high firing. The whole firing and glazing process can take up to one week. Finally, we have a vase ready for sale.
Design process: The Hugdetta design team has designed a collection of tableware, candle holders and vases, all in black ceramics where each item is handmade by potters at the Lettie Stuart Pottery Centre in Sierra Leone. The designers are based in the North of Iceland but have made several trips to Sierra Leone to collaborate with the potters.