Ceramic Crosses by Steve Weber

For centuries, crosses have symbolized our connection with God. They simply and beautifully express our love and appreciation for all we have and share.

 

wall of crosses
Steve Weber With His Ceramic Crosses

"Be Still and Know..."

   Psalm 46:10

"Gilana" 11"x9"

Finding My Path

I began working with ceramics in 2007. Since then, the majority of that time has been spent experimenting, learning, and trying to find my unique ceramic path. I have many boxes of "learning" examples stashed in the corners of my shop. (This craft is harder than it looks!) I tried everything from free form to cast moldings to throwing pots. Although I made some crosses along the way too, it wasn't until 2015 when I really began focusing on them.

Of course, as all ceramic artists know, the glazing process can be the most challenging to learn. Although I ruined many crosses in the learning process, it's been worth it to finally discover a few methods that consistently provide good results with my crosses.

Of all the ceramic variations I've tried, crosses have been the most fulfilling for me. When making them, and seeing the finished pieces, I know I'm doing what I was meant to do.

The Process

Working with clay is so cool! There is something special about taking clay, which was formed as sediment millions of years ago, and firing it into a meaningful peace of art.

OutSide Angel Cross
"Aanya" 11"x9"
Lump of Clay
The beginning of each cross - a simple lump of clay.
Clay Slab
The clay is kneaded and then rolled into a slab
Cross Cutout
I then cut the cross out of the slab
Clay Tools
The tools I use to detail and decorate most crosses.
Clay cross work
Decorating and detailing a cross.
drying clay crosses
Next the crosses spend several weeks drying VERY slow.

The Firing

The firing process is where all the magic happens. Before firing, the formed crosses are VERY fragile and must be handled carefully. The firing process requires two separate firings for each cross. The first to about 1800 and then to about 2200 degrees F. Glaze is applied between the two firings. The high temperatures cause the clay to transform from a fragile substance to a very HARD and waterproof ceramic. It is truly amazing how the clay transforms in the high heat.

Ceramic Kiln
This is my kiln. Its high temperature causes the clay molecules to align together and make a hard ceramic.

My vision

grey's peak
Steve on top of 14,000 ft. Grey's Peak, Colorado

I want to share my passion and connection with others through my crosses. When I make crosses, I feel a calm, fulfilling connection with God and my world. When I see my crosses hanging in our home and yard, I feel the same connection. It's that connection with God and earth I hope others can feel with my crosses.

us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace

"Let us therefore make every effort
to do what leads to peace
..."

Romans 14:19

 

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Aanya
Lucrecia
Prisca
Willa
Ada
Kirra
Qerada
Aliki
Barra
Mitra
Nettia
Nalani
Briar
Bridi

Names For My Crosses

I give all my crosses unique and old female names. Not only do I like finding names for them, naming them makes it easier to answer questions about them. If you have a question about one of the crosses, just mention its name when you contact me here.