Sandi creates her clay crosses from start to finish at her studio home in northern New Mexico. She began making crosses in 1996. Sandi rolls her clay, cuts, sponges, and carefully dries it to what potters call “bone dry”. This process is done during spring and summer months. During fall and winter, Sandi brings the crosses inside her studio home for painting. The images are painted onto the bone dry cross with black underglaze. The crosses are then kiln-fired.
To care for your cross, remove from its place on your wall, rinse under cool running water, and allow the cross to dry completely before rehanging. You may oil (your choice of oil) the cross once it is dry, to begin a nice patina. The more you oil the cross, the stronger the patina becomes, and the cross will become darker. If you do not like the look, just stop oiling it, and it will return to its original terra cotta red.
Sandi Maestas has been a potter since 1986. In addition to clay crosses, she throws on a potter’s wheel creating utilitarian ware such as bowls, mugs, signs, and architectural embellishments.