I have the little elf working overtime to get ready for the Holiday Sale. Here is my assistant Jocelyn smoothing the edges of new tiles that I have made… and yes that is a cast on her thumb!
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Ok so last week I got a little carried away making salt cellars. I made 40… that means 40 bottoms, 45 tops… always make extra tops. So that is 85 pieces in one day. I figured they’re small, so no problem… but it’s the following days that I wish I didn’t make that many! The next couple of days was spent trimming all of them, and throwing a little knob on each top. Whew, next time I’m on a roll and really in the groove of throwing I’m going to think twice about making that many at once!
Terri and I spent our Sunday in Northampton at the Smith College greenhouses smelling all the beautiful flowers while standing among the palms and banana trees in the 80 degree sunny shelter. The three feet of snow melted away for just a little while.
I’m dreaming of a hot summer day, and a pitcher of lemonade. I guess that’s where these are coming from… some tall pitchers in the works… these weigh 3.5 or 4 lbs, and measure 11 to 12″, they will end up being about 10 or 11″ after the glaze fire.
Posted in Before and After Photos of Pottery, Ceramic Teapots, kiln, open studio & pottery sale, porcelain teapots, teapots, work in process, tagged Before and After Photo's of Pottery, glazing teapots, green leaf teapots, holiday sale, porcelain teapots, pottery in process on November 30, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Ceramic Teapots, glazing pottery, porcelain teapots, slideshows, studio shots, work in process, tagged Ceramic Teapots, glazing teapots, porcelain teapots, potter's hands, pottery in process on November 28, 2010 | 2 Comments »
Another little slideshow… this week it’s glazing .
After the bisque firing, the teapots are ready for decorating and glazing. Here is a little taste of the studio on a glazing day.
Can’t imagine why a potter’s hands are so tired!
Coming soon… some finished teapots, ready for the Holiday Sale this weekend, Dec, 3rd, 4th, and 5th!
Posted in Before and After Photos of Pottery, ceramic mugs, Ceramic Teapots, porcelain teapots, slideshows, studio shots, teapots, work in process, tagged functional pottery, Hand made pottery, making teapots, porcelain teapots, slideshow of teapot making, work in progress on November 12, 2010 | 6 Comments »
You really do have to put your heart and soul into the making of a teapot. It is only when you become a student of pottery that you understand all the time, effort, experience, artistry, and love of clay that it takes to make a teapot.
This past week in the studio was teapot making time! Here is a little slide show to give you an idea about teapot parts. The last photo includes a finished mug along side a teapot drying, showing what glaze the teapot will have.
Posted in ceramic mugs, Ceramic Trays with Handles, olive dishes, work in process, tagged Brie Bakers, Brie dish with handles, Olive tray, pottery mugs, Pottery trays with handles, Serving tray handles on October 25, 2010 | 6 Comments »
I’m making a new little baking dish with handles… it would make a great brie baker. Also making an old favorite… long serving trays with handles, and of course mugs! Here are some pics of them drying. I’ll hopefully have them glazed in two weeks.
I have been working on some of my tallest forms the past week. I usually use my stand up potters wheel for all my work, but as I was throwing I was having a difficult time pulling the clay up. So I tried the same amount of clay (9 lbs)at the sit down wheel and voila… it was so much easier!
These forms are my most detailed urn that I make…there are just so many stages to completion. Here they are drying, waiting for the next step where I apply the shellac or wax resist for the pattern. The large forms are 9 lbs and the little cute ones are 3/4 lb. I will post more photo’s as they progress.
Posted in Before and After Photos of Pottery, covered cheese dish, Foodie Items, slideshows, studio shots, work in process, tagged ceramic cheese dish lid process, ceramic covered cheese dish, how to make a thrown knob, slide show of ceramic cheese dish lid making on June 6, 2010 | 3 Comments »
It’s the teacher in me… just thought you might like to see how a lid for a cheese dish is trimmed and finshed, with a knob.
The finished piece.