Just when I was ready to throw in the towel early this month due to groggy clay , I decided to talk to the folks at my local pottery supply store to see if they could recommend a new clay body … Continue reading New Clay! Great Things!
As the temperature cools, my throwing season is coming to an end. But, that doesn’t mean I’m done with pottery! I have more work to do 🙂 Follow me on Instagram for some behind-the-scenes shots! Continue reading Change of Season
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?
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
My newest pieces: organically shaped bowls made from a slab of clay slumped over a plaster mold. They are becoming my favorite to make. I can roll out a slab of clay, slump it over a plaster mold, walk away … Continue reading New: Organic Bowls
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
This summer is filled with sandboxes, wading pools and playing with dump trucks with our first grandchild! Needless to say pottery has taken a back seat. Oh I’m still throwing! My production is just not as quick this summer as in past summers. Sales on Etsy are going strong. In fact, I just finished an order of pet dishes and tumblers: here, here and here! Currently, I’m working on more brown and turquoise plates (I sold them all in March!). At the rate I’m throwing this summer, I hope to have four plates finished by the first week last week … Continue reading Summer in Full Swing
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 fingers and toes crossed, say a prayer or two, send good vibes for good results as seen in the photos below… Continue reading Yeah! Plate Day!