Monday, May 26, 2008
So, someone out there in blogland actually gave my angel tutorial a try! Leigh Whitaker and her daughter made this sweet angel in Leigh's pottery studio.
You can check out Leigh's pottery studio blog here:
And the lovely things she makes in her studio are for sale in her Etsy shop!
Thank you to Elizabeth B. for introducing me to this style of angel (which I have since tweaked a little) in the first place!
If anyone else makes a version of these, please let me know -I'd love to see them (and show them off to the world if you are willing!)
Friday, May 23, 2008
It's so easy to fall into a habitual way of doing things, even if it doesn't really make sense. For example, I made glazing Berry Bowls much harder than it really needed to be for a long time.
In case you aren't familiar with Berry Bowls, they are small colanders for washing, storing and serving berries, usually with a little matching saucer -like this one that I have in my Etsy store.
The biggest trick with glazing these is keeping all the holes clear of glaze. When a bowl like this is dunked in a bucket of glaze the holes usually fill in because the glaze is quite thick. They have to be cleared or the bowl won't drain.
At first, I used to dip the berry bowls, let the glaze dry and then scrape the glaze out of the holes with a little knife. This was a messy, dusty job and it took forever. I got the brainwave that it would be easier to remove the glaze while it was still wet. I started blowing through the holes that were clogged with glaze immediately after dipping and this worked admirably well -for a while.
My Berry Bowls became quite popular and I now make them 3 dozen at a time. When I first started doing them in this quantity, I would have to avoid glazing too many at a time because all the hole blowing would make me lightheaded -if you've ever tried to blow up a whole bunch of balloons at once - you know what I mean.
Finally the day came when I had to glaze quite a few Berry Bowls all at once and was up against a deadline so I didn't have the luxury of only doing a few at a time. I stood at my glazing table dipping and blowing away until I was more lightheaded than I had ever been. I kept working anyways -and I blacked out for a moment! Imagine my surprise when I came to only a few milli-seconds later and realized that I had lost my balance and hit the tongs holding a freshly glazed Berry Bowl against the side of the glaze bucket. Luckily, I hadn't dropped the bowl AND the sharp hit had cleared all the holes completely and more neatly than all my blowing had ever done!!
I now dip and tap my way to clear holes in any quantity of Berry Bowls whenever I like -without losing my head!!
Here are a few fully alert Berry Bowls in the kiln ready to fire...
Does any one else learn things the hard way??
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I usually stick to my own little corner of the world but I'm venturing out a bit with this blog. Check out this neat entry over at Modish comparing quality and prices of trendy scarves at Big Box stores with Handmade items....
Friday, May 09, 2008
I was busy in the studio today putting handles on these... ...with little stamps like this... ..when I realized that i was tired of my stamps and that none of them were really the right size. So, I made some new ones! Once they are bisque fired I'll be able to spice things up around here!! Another of today's fiddley projects -a special order salt shaker that is supposed to be a bit like the critter and a bit like a dog with a bone...How do you think I'm doing?
Friday, May 02, 2008
I hosted a Mom's Night Out for some of the parents from my children's school a little while ago. A small but enthusiastic group of ladies gathered at StudioÉlan for an evening to make clay angels.
Just look at the fierce concentration...
...attention to detail...
..and a peek at the results...