Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Over the past few months the need for a shallow cat dish became apparent. Miss Kitty,17 years young, refused to eat out of her regular cat bowl. I thought it was her food but learned it was her food dish. She developed whisker stress. Whiskers are extremely sensitive, and when a food bowl is too … Continue reading Necessity is the Mother of Invention

22 Hours Later

It was a crisp November day. I loaded the kiln for the last time of the 2017 throwing season. Flipped the switch on the kiln expecting the glaze firing to  take 10 to 12 hours. When 10 hours passed, I suspected something was wrong. The results of the longest glaze firing ever . . . … Continue reading 22 Hours Later

What did I do on my summer vacation?

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?

Time Differences

Yes, there are time differences between countries, states and cities, but I've noticed time  differences affect photography. The outside light changes through the day.  You may not notice the vast difference in light as the day proceeds, but through a camera lens that light difference is magnified! Pictured below is one of my newest stoneware … Continue reading Time Differences

What the glaze is going on here?

New glaze combos. Trusty favorites with a new twist. Unearthed and revived old glazes that I haven't used in years. So, that is what the glaze is going on around here!

It’s Throwing Season!

I am happily throwing things . . . on  my pottery wheel! https://www.instagram.com/p/Bikap9WF75B/?taken-by=pauline_backporchstudio   This throwing season, I am focusing on mugs and pet dishes.  Not only are they fun to make, they are my best sellers.

Happy Feet

I made another box but with feet! When I made the first one, I intened it to be a planter but it didn't have drainage hole or feet to ensure airflow and drainage. Happy feet! Happy Friday!

Taking A Stab At Slabs

Having a slab roller really simplifies things and conserves my energy verses a rolling pin! I was thinking about making this a succulent planter! However, I may need to rethink its design. A planter needs a pot with a drainage hole or feet to ensure better airflow. This box doesn't have either one. So, what … Continue reading Taking A Stab At Slabs

New Project: Nesting Bowls

 I have been working on nesting bowls this week.  Each bowl is made from a slab of clay draped over clay molds I made last winter. It has taken me several tries to work out all the kinks in the process. The third time worked like a charm! After these air dry, they will undergo … Continue reading New Project: Nesting Bowls

A Respite from Winter

Miss Kitty and I are enjoying today's heat wave of 65 degrees! While Miss Kitty roams around the back yard, I set to work on my new molds. Last winter I had one mold to produce unique organic shaped shallow dishes or bowls.   Because these dishes sold well, I wanted to increase my production. … Continue reading A Respite from Winter