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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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!
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.
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!
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 →
Glazing is not my favorite part of the pottery process but when my pieces come out of the kiln, glazing is well worth the effort! Most of my pieces have two different glazes applied giving the pottery one color on the inside and another color on the outside. This process involves a combination of pouring... Continue Reading →
I have been putting off making mugs because I have struggled so with making handles. It has been FIVE years since I made a mug. Well, I wanted to start making them again but wanted to learn whether or not there was a tool available for making handles verses pulling them by hand from a... Continue Reading →
Glazed Bottoms or Bare Naked Bottoms? These are my newest pieces: free formed shaped bowls made from a slab of clay slumped over a plaster mold. They are becoming my favorite to make; however, when it comes to glazing I cannot decide whether to glaze the bottoms or leave them bare and naked. Which do... Continue Reading →