You Can Lead a Cat to Water

I have made many handmade ceramic pet dishes over the years. The back porch has a half dozen handmade pet dishes  filled to the brim with cool fresh water. Just for her. Instead, she prefers, what used to be our son’s now grandson’s, Tonka dump truck. So, I keep it filled with cool fresh water. . . Just for her.   Continue reading You Can Lead a Cat to Water

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

New Ideas New Possibilities

Over the winter, my thoughts turn to solving pottery problems, learning about new ideas and techniques.  One reoccurring problem I have had was making large pet dishes (8 inches or larger in diameter).  In almost every single instance, I would … Continue reading New Ideas New Possibilities

Ready for Glaze ~ Last Batch of 2016

All my bottoms are waxed and ready to glaze! I can hardly believe this is my last big batch of pottery for the 2016 throwing season on my back porch.  Aside from my most popular item, pet dishes, I made … Continue reading Ready for Glaze ~ Last Batch of 2016

What’s New?

Below are pictures of a few things I made this summer on my back porch. All are available to purchase on Etsy at Back Porch Studio: Winter is on its way.  Time to move all my pottery stuff inside.  I did, however, find something new to keep me busy and out of trouble through the winter!  Stay tuned for I hope to post my NEW projects by the end of November! Continue reading What’s New?

Productive Potter , After All

This is BIG!!  I threw 17 pieces over the three day weekend: dishes, plates, bowls, cups and pet bowls. Could I be a productive potter after all?  My next step is to bisque fire these pieces after they completely air dry. Given how humid it has been, air drying will take a while. I’m figuring a week. Bisque firing is the first firing at a low temperature.  This first firing prepares the clay for glazing by removing all of the moisture from the piece leaving it porous but hard. The bisqued pieces are then ready for glazes.  After the pieces … Continue reading Productive Potter , After All