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Too Early for Pumpkins?

February 07, 2023

Is it ever too early to start making pumpkins? The little ones are just so cute, but also so finicky to make. I've learned to always have two leaves and two vines because one is very likely to break off before it gets glazed. Once they're glazed they are unlikely to break (unless I drop the box like I did at one of my shows).

I actually make these in a little bit of an assembly line. Roll out the clay and use the pumpkin cutter to cut - let those setup a bit so they aren't too floppy. Then I make all the stems. Then roll the clay thinner and cut out the leaves. Finally I make coils for the vines and wrap them around handles. Once I have all the pieces then it's time to make the pumpkins.

First I make body of the pumpkin. Next I attach the vines then the leaves and then top it off with the stem. Last I do the final touches of moving the leaves and the stems the way I want. Too Early for Pumpkins?




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Lots of Magnets and a pair of Gnomes

February 06, 2023

Have had a whole lot of magnets come out of the last kilns that needed magnets glued on. It doesn't take a whole lot of time if you lay them all out. First everything gets globs of glue (e6000) then everything gets a magnet. The lesson I learned was to not try to have multiple magnets in my hand because they really want to join together and will jump around if I'm not careful.


I also had two wine gnomes come out who got their corks. There are another handful coming out of the next kiln.






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Inventory Pottery Storage

February 04, 2023

As I've been ramping up production for 2023 I realized I have nowhere to store this stuff. I still had things in bins from the last show plus my dining room table was completely full. In the basement I had a really old entertainment center. My husband suggested that we pack up the stuff that was in it since a lot of it wasn't being actively used (I need to find fancy friends and have them over to use my grandmother's crystal goblets) and get rid of the 1970s pre-ikea but ikea like unit. I should have taken a picture before we dismantled it, but neglected to. It was quite ugly and very vert heavy. Inventory Storage


In it's place we put up this wall shelving. The tracks and the shelves came from Home Depot. It was a lot cheaper than buying prebuilt shelves or using wood. I usually hate the wire shelves, but they had this plastic that snaps into it and with the weight of the pottery it works.

Inventory Storage


I made the decision to unpack everything that was in the bins since the last couple of shows were fall/holiday focused. Everything is now in one place where I can see it and I have a lot more than I realized. I have been debating whether or not I am ready for the Maryland Home and Garden show in March and I can now say that I am. I have all the basics and I can focus on making some creative show pieces for the show. I also need to stop making mugs until I sell some because there is no more room. I still have another dozen or so working their way through the drying to glazing process.

Inventory Storage




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Time to make the cone packs

January 31, 2023

Does anyone else find making cone packs horribly tedious? It's always a chore to do, but I love seeing them all lined up when I'm done.

Also why do the ones above cone 0 come in different colors, but the ones that are bisque temps (04, 05, 06) are all the same color? Time to make the cone packs




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New Tall Vase Puzzling Mold

January 30, 2023

This might be the tallest thing I've made. If not, it's really close. The first shipment of this puzzling mold was put through the ringer during shipping and arrived broken, but the new one is perfect. New Tall Vase Puzzling Mold


I love the shape of it. I think this might take up at least half my kiln.

New Tall Vase Puzzling Mold




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Kiln Results 1/25

January 28, 2023

So I think that the overall process of making many of the same things makes my process better, but it make kiln openings a little less fun. This kiln opening has a lot more variety than the last couple. Lots of bright springlike colors in this kiln.

I think my favorite 2 pieces are the doggy prints. A friend of mine got a new puppy in the fall and her Christmas present was puppy prints. I made two just in case one got messed up, but when I had an extra one the W and R are my puppies Willow and River. Delilah was a little wary of it but once she sniffed it she was fine. With my puppies you would have thought the clay was hot lava with how the reacted. It was funny. I actually think there is a market for these if I could figure out how to do it - probably only local.

I really like how the tree experiment came out. I think that with the white it will likely only be sellable in winter, but the speckled clay with the white with the trees came out exactly as I wanted.

Also - the last kiln opening lost the glazes somehow. Not sure how that happened, but it's been updated now if you were curious on any of the glazes.
Kiln Results 1/25
Laguna 60 Amaco Storm x3 Mayco Light Flux on rim
Kiln Results 1/25
Laguna 60 Amaco Deep Sea x3 Mayco Light Flux on rim
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Laguna 60 Amaco Snow x3
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Laguna 60 KY Mudworks Hydra x3 Triton x2
Kiln Results 1/25
Mayco Orange a Peel x3 2167 Clear - there are a bunch of bubbles where the overlap was
Kiln Results 1/25
Mayco Hot Tamale on the Birds x3 Mayco Buttercup on the beak KY Mudowrks Morning Glory x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Top Left: Amaco Lavender x3
Top Right: Amaco Aqua x3
Bottom Left: Amaco Mulberry x3
Bottom Right: Amaco Weeping Plum x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Top Left: Amaco Lavender x3
Top Right: Amaco Smoke x3
Bottom Left: Amaco Weeping Plum x3
Bottom Right: Amaco Aqua x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Top Left: Amaco Mulberry x3
Top Right: Amaco Lavender x3
Bottom Left: Amaco Weeping Plum x3
Bottom Right: Amaco Weeping Plum x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Mayco Hot Tamale on the birds Amaco Smoke x3
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Left: Hat KY Mudworks Hydra x3 Body Spectrum Autumn Purple x3
Left Middle: Hat KY Mudworks Morning Glory x3 Body Spectrum Autumn Purple x3
Right Middle: Hat Amaco Deep Sea x3 Body Spectrum Autumn Purple x3
Right: Hat KY Mudworks Triton x3 Body Amaco Deep Sea x3
Noses: Mayco Cutie Pie x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Left: Hat Spectrum Sangria x3 Body Amaco Weeping Plum x3
Right:Hat Amaco Mulberry x2 KY Mudworks Hydra Body Amaco Lavender x3
Noses: Mayco Cutie Pie x3
Hair: Mayco Buttercup x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Left: Hat KY Mudworks Hydra x3 Body KY Mudworks Triton x3
Left Middle: Amaco Smoke x3 Body Amaco Deep Sea x3
Right Middle: Hat Amaco Mulberry x3 Body Coyote Peacock Green x2
Right: Hat Amaco Deep Sea x3 Body Coyote Peacock Green x2
Noses: Mayco Cutie Pie x3
Kiln Results 1/25
KY Mudworks Hydra x3 KY Mudworks Triton x2 on the top
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Spectrum Autumn Purple x2
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Spectrum Sangria x2
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Colors for Earth Laurel Green, Lemon Peel, Florida Orange wiped back
2167 Clear
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Laguna 60 Amaco Iron x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Mayco Black UG wiped back Amaco Weeping Plum x3
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Mayco Black UG wiped back Coyote Peacock Green x2
Kiln Results 1/25
Laguna 60 KY Mudworks Hydra x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Left: Amaco Storm x3
Right: Amaco Mulberry x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Laguna 60 Amaco Blue Rutile x3
Kiln Results 1/25
Top: Amaco Weeping Plum x3
Middle: Spectrum Sangria x2
Bottom: Spectrum Autumn Purple x2
Kiln Results 1/25
Left: The Ceramic Shop Sea Glass Blue x3 Right: Laguna 60 Sea Glass Blue x3 - bad clay glaze fit
Kiln Results 1/25
Row 1 (Top): Amaco Lavender x3
Row 2: Coyote Fairy Rose, Left x3 and Right x2 - texture does better with 2
Row 3: Georgie's Cherry Fizz x2
Row 4: The Ceramic Shop Blackberry x3, Right Laguna 60
Kiln Results 1/25
Amaco Iron x3
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Mayco black ug wiped back, Mayco Cotton Tail x2, Hot tamale, 2167 Clear
Kiln Results 1/25
Mayco black ug wiped back, Mayco Cotton Tail x2, Hot tamale, 2167 Clear
Kiln Results 1/25
Mayco black ug wiped back, Mayco Cotton Tail x2, Hot tamale, 2167 Clear

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