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.
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, I began to focus almost entirely on them in 2014.
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.
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.
Thousands of years ago primitive man discovered, probably by accident, that soft clay can be transformed into a very hard material when heated to high temperatures. This discovery led to the creation of useful utensils which made life easier. Since then, the firing and finishing processes have been perfected.
Today, the firing process involves heating the molded (and very fragile clay) in a kiln to over 2000 degrees F. Glazes (containing powdered glass) can also be applied to give the piece color and more durability.
The finished pieces can be enjoyed inside or outdoors as yard or garden art; they will last many lifetimes.
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.
I want to share my passion and connection with others through my crosses. Making crosses provides me a calm, fulfilling connection with God and my world. When I see my finished crosses in our home and yard, I feel the same connection. It's that connection with God and earth I hope others can feel through my crosses.
"Let us therefore make every effort
to do what leads to peace..."
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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.