The Story of a Mug: Part 1 left off where the mug is left to air dry. Air drying takes about one week. After air drying, the mug is "bone dry" which means very dry and brittle. The mug is now referred to as "green ware" which means unfired pottery. It is time to turn up … Continue reading The Story of a Mug: Part 2
It all starts with a lump of clay. The lump of clay is placed on the pottery wheel and centered by the potter's hands. Once centered, the potter opens up the ball of clay. . . . . . and pulls it up for height. It is shaped into a simple cylinder . . . … Continue reading The Story of A Mug: Part One
Okay. Maybe not wordless but it is raining, again, and it is Thursday. So,what does one do on the back porch when it is raining? Take pictures, of course! Aside from taking pictures of my rainy day, I did load the kiln to fire tomorrow. A glaze firing! I am looking forward to Sunday when … Continue reading Wordless Rainy Thursday
I usually don't complain about the weather unless it is cold. I do not like being cold. If it is below 70 degrees, that's it. I'm complaining. This spring, however, I find myself complaining about the lack of sun light. Over the winter, I yearned for bright spring sunny days but so far we have … Continue reading A View From My Back Porch
After much thought, reading, note-taking and collaboration with fellow potters, I think I have discovered the reason why I have had pin holes. #1: The glazes were too thick. So early spring, I adjusted my glazes. The result was perfect on two of the three clay bodies. #2: It is a particular clay-body. After talking … Continue reading News! Not Breaking but News . . .
I'm a list maker and note taker. I make lists of things "To Do" otherwise things will not get done such as exercise, make doctor's appointment, and laundry. I also make "To Do" lists for pottery such as prepare test tiles, reclaim clay, make handles and buy more clay. I make lists for items I need … Continue reading A Note To Myself
It may seem as if I am hibernating after the holidays. Goodness knows, I certainly feel as if I could! January and February are quickly becoming my favorite months of the year; a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. A time to relax and rejuvenate - change of pace. It may look … Continue reading Hibernating, Not
What!? I haven't posted since October 22nd?! 😱 Well, happy December! We flew through Halloween! Then Thanksgiving happened in the blink of an eye. Now, December is upon us as well snow . . . . . .and baking season. Cookies, breads and pies are not the only things baking this month. I have a few more … Continue reading Merry & Bright
I've never seen a summer go by so fast in all my life! Due to the falling temperature, I brought my wheel into the garage from my back porch because I am NOT DONE throwing things! You see, my back porch is not an enclosed porch. It has a roof but no walls. It is … Continue reading End of Throwing Season
Summer vacation? Well, I really didn't have one but I sure enjoyed my summer! I enjoy summer, vacation or not. Summer is my favorite season! Being on our back porch throwing things, watching our grandson explore and play plus enjoying the fruits of our labor from our garden is bliss. Oh sure, I'd love to … Continue reading What did I do on my summer vacation?