The Gift of Giving Handmade

So many beautiful handmade things on Etsy by wonderfully talented people.  If you have not yet checked out Etsy, why not take a few minutes to look around.  There is something for everyone on your shopping list this year!  Here are just a few that are my favorites: Christen Largent of bddesigns:   She creates custom... Continue Reading →

Winter is Here

Days in my back porch studio are numbered.   The days are growing shorter and colder.  Woke up to snow and ice this morning. Winter is here.This summer was my most productive!  I made over 100 pieces.  Now, I will be spending my time taking photographs of each piece, writing descriptions and putting them up for... Continue Reading →

My Newest Favorite!

I made three little test tumblers to try out a new glaze combination. I am thrilled with the results so much so, I'm going to make more! The weather is perfect today so back behind the wheel I go!

Bowls, Plates and Cups. Oh my!

I've been busy glazing and firing this month! Over thirty new items to add to my Etsy shop. Pictured above is about three kiln loads which averages about twelve to fifteen pieces per load. I have about that many more pieces to glaze and fire in the next few weeks.

Yeah! Plate Day!

The stars and planets must have been aligned just right yesterday. I made one plate right after another for a total of five plates or platters...successfully! I'm looking forward to glazing them to see the final results but first the plates must go through two firings: a bisque firing and then the glaze firing.  Keep... Continue Reading →

Cracks and All!

This sweet little bowl is still functional despite the tiny crack on the bottom. Rather than unlist this fun size little bowl, I decided to list it in my shop on Esty at a discounted price. I was thrilled when Donna Smith of Reformed Metals purchased the bowl.  She said, "I love it all the... Continue Reading →

Mugs and Handles

I love hand thrown mugs!  I enjoy making my own except the handles.  I just don't have a handle on making handles yet. I could make handleless mugs but I kinda think mugs and handles go hand in hand. Don't you?

Crazed and Confused, No More!

In February I discovered some of my pottery developed crazing – small hairline cracks that appear in the clear glaze giving a crackle effect.  This crackle effect was not intentional.  Since then, I've been reading and contemplating what to do with the seven pieces of pottery that exhibited the crazing. Last week, I decided to... Continue Reading →

Waiting for Spring

I can hardly wait to get my hands back into the mud!  Though there are signs of spring, it is still a bit too chilly on the back porch.  I have so many new ideas rolling around in my head~  writing them down on sticky notes or scrap paper.   Thanks to many of my... Continue Reading →

Uniquely Handmade

(The above graphic was created by our daughter.) How many of us have received a hand-knitted sweater that just didn't really fit, but we can't part with it because it was handmade?  How about a handmade quilt that has been loved to pieces, literally? We can't seem to part with it either.  And what about... Continue Reading →

Feel Good Feedback

I received the following note and photo from a customer: I've been wanting to take a picture of your pottery turned planter, and remembered last night. I'd say the plants love their new home 🙂 This is at work and adds a lot of color!!! I love crocks. We have quite a few around the... Continue Reading →

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