New Clay! Great Things!

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!

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?

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

Summer in Full Swing

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

Yeah! Plate Day!

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!