Annette’s delicate work is constructed out of translucently thin porcelain and embellished with glass, rubies and sapphires. Distinctive for her use of rolled feet and stained porcelain, Annette’s work is beautiful as it is functional.
Molding porcelain clay looks effortless under Annette Gates\' deliberate care. Before moving her thin hands into action, she pictures her pieces of pottery much like a sewing pattern. A rolling pin helps her flatten the exact clay pieces, which will make up the body of a mug or cup, and its rounded handle. One edge of the main piece of clay connects to the other, her fingers keeping the contours and main seam steady on the slab. The small edges designed as braces near the bottom of the mug, she curls into accents. Soon, her fingers impress the body with a couple shards of tempered window glass. They will melt right into the pottery when the mug is fired in the electric kiln, providing what color there is. The rest of the mug will most likely appear a light but glossy shade of natural charcoal gray.