The Story of a Mug: Part 2

  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 … Continue reading The Story of a Mug: Part 2

The Story of A Mug: Part One

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 … Continue reading The Story of A Mug: Part One

News! Not Breaking but News . . .

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 with my clay supplier and showing them my test tiles, we agreed that it must be the clay body. I also learned that this particular clay-body under went some “important changes” a couple years ago. Coincidentally, that is when I started having the troubles. So, … Continue reading News! Not Breaking but News . . .

A Note To Myself

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 … Continue reading A Note To Myself

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 … Continue reading Taking A Stab At Slabs

A Little Bit About Glazing

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 … Continue reading A Little Bit About Glazing

There’s A Tool For That!

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 … Continue reading There’s A Tool For That!

Bottoms. Glazed or Bare?

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 … Continue reading Bottoms. Glazed or Bare?