glaze

Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!

March 04, 2024

I can't believe that it's March already. I've made a lot, but this is the first kiln to make it all the way through. It is all crabs! Nothing but crabs. There will be more exciting stuff soon. I did have one crab test in here with blue crabs, but I'm not loving it. The red just pops the way the blue on blue doesn't.

One other small test in here with diagonal crabs in the trinket dishes. It made it so much easier to glaze, will be doing this again.


Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Hot Tamale x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear
Kiln Results 3/2 First Kiln of 2024!
Laguna 60 Mayco Black ug wiped back
Mayco Moody Blues x2
Mayco Norse Blue x3 Light Flux Sweeps
2167 Clear

glaze

Glaze Sneak Peak 3/2

March 02, 2024

This kiln is all crabs. Nothing super exciting, but glad to have some inventory. I do have a couple of blue crab tests in here. We'll see if that becomes a thing or not.

Glaze Sneak Peak 3/2

pottery

Glazing, Glazing, Glazing

February 27, 2024

I'm finally getting around to glazing everything I've made in 2024. It's at least 3 kiln loads, but I'm guessing a few things won't fit in that. I started with all things crab. I was watching ClayShareCon on Saturday while doing this and it took me all day. I did all the crab arms and legs first, but in batches. In my day job I spend a lot of time getting teams to break things into smaller batches and to stop starting and start finishing. I'm always looking for ways to apply that to the rest of my life. Since the arms and legs take so long to do I broke it up doin a half a table at a time. Same for when I was glazing. I feel like it made the whole thing go faster.

Speaking of ClayShareCon, it was amazing. It's hard to pick favorites, but here are a few:
Colorful Clay Plants - Michael Harbridge (this one is only available to prime members)
Hydrangea and Bluebirds - Paula McCoy (also prime only)
Monoprints and Clay Bisque - Kathy Skaggs
Decals Can When Brushes Can't - Melanie Kaffl
Making a One-Piece Travel Mug with a Handbuilding Jig - Alex Mente
Scoops, Spoons and Square Stacking Bowls - Debbie DelaCruz
Pattern Placement for Shaping - Annie Crietzberg
Honorable mention - the reveal of the new 2024 Mayco Glazes. I can't wait for them to be available in March. I think that Purple Aster is going to be a new favorite of mine. I already love Lavender Mist, adding blue crystals can only make it better. I'm also intrigued by the engobes. Not sure how they'll play into my work, but we'll see. Another to the Raku Firing of leaves with Michael Harbridge.

I feel like I bought less than I have in years past now that I have a a lot of things already, but still will have a few new toys in the near future. The discounts last week were amazing.

Glazing, Glazing, Glazing




Glazing, Glazing, Glazing




Glazing, Glazing, Glazing




Glazing, Glazing, Glazing




Glazing, Glazing, Glazing


Doing a test with some blue crabs for Maryland. We'll see how those turn out soon!

pottery

Reorganizing Forms

February 26, 2024

Last week I saw a studio tour during ClayshareCon (more on that tomorrow) and I saw the puzzling forms being stored wrapped in their velcro vs piled. I decided to give it a go and it actually freed up a lot of space (good thing since I ordered more). While I was there I reorganized my gr forms as well based on what I use most frequently vs trying to keep shapes together. I'll keep you posted how this works out.
Reorganizing Forms




crochet

Dark Rainbow Cardigan

February 21, 2024

I loved this yarn when I bought it, but it wasn't until I was actually starting to use it that I realized that it was rainbow colored, although definitely darker than your usual rainbows. I bought this yarn at the Maryland Sheep and Wool from Briar Rose Fibers. The actual colorway wasn't labelled, but it is their promises yarn. Their shop is currently closed so I can't link to it, but its a worsted weight yarn that is 500 yards a skein and I used nearly all of 2 skeins.

This worked up really quick while I was travelling last week. I definitely was getting looks as I was trying to sew it together in the Delta lounge late Thursday night. I have been travelling so much for work that I have barely touched clay. I have been watching a ton of videos though so I have all these ideas for when I have time this weekend. I also have 3 kilns worth of bisque to glaze, but I'm itching to make more vs glaze

Also ClayShareCon is this week so I know I'm going to have more ideas soon.

Dark Rainbow Cardigan






This pattern uses a 5mm hook.

Stitches:
ch - chain
sk - skip
hdc - half double crochet
sl st - slip stitch

Back panel

Cast on 81
Row 1: sc in the second stitch from the hook, sc, *Ch 4, sk next 4 chs, sc in each of the next 2 ch. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: ch 3, sk 1 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch4sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, 1 hdc in the last sc.
Row 3: ch 5, sk 2 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 space. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. Repeat from * across to the last 3 hdc. Ch 2, sk 2 hdc, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 4: ch 4, 2 hdc in ch2sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch 4 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 2 sc, 2 hdc in the last ch2sp, ch 1, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 5: ch 1, 1 sc in the first hdc and 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 5 hdc. Ch 4, sk 2 hdc, 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp and 1 sc in the last hdc.
Repeat rows 2-5 until you reach your desired length. I liked the look better ending on a row 2/4 vs a 1/4. I have about 50 rows

Side panels - make 2

Cast on 41
Row 1: sc in the second stitch from the hook, sc, *Ch 4, sk next 4 chs, sc in each of the next 2 ch. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: ch 3, sk 1 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch4sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, 1 hdc in the last sc.
Row 3: ch 5, sk 2 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 space. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. Repeat from * across to the last 3 hdc. Ch 2, sk 2 hdc, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 4: ch 4, 2 hdc in ch2sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch 4 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 2 sc, 2 hdc in the last ch2sp, ch 1, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 5: ch 1, 1 sc in the first hdc and 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 5 hdc. Ch 4, sk 2 hdc, 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp and 1 sc in the last hdc.
Repeat rows 2-5 until you reach your desired length. These need to be the same length as the back panel

Sew the front panels to the back panel leaving about 7 inches for the arms.

Sleeves

Row 1: ch 3, sk 1 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch4sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, sl st to join. I picked up 10 of the 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc
Row 2: ch 5, sk 2 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 space. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. Repeat from * across to the last 3 hdc. Ch 2, sk 2 hdc, sl st to join.
Row 3: repeat row 1
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: repeat row 1
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 7: repeat row 1
Row 8: repeat row 2
Row 9: repeat row 1, but don't do the last 2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc - so you should have 9 instead of 10. Row 10: repeat row 2
Row 11: repeat row 1
Row 12: repeat row 2
Row 13: repeat row 9 - you should end up with 8 now
Row 14: repeat row 2
Row 15: repeat row 1
Row 16: repeat row 2
Row 17: repeat row 1

You can adjust this to your desired length for your sleeves, I have kind of short arms and I made this on the short side. I like the look better ending on a row 1.



Dark Rainbow Cardigan






Colar

Turn the sweater right side out. Lay it flat in front of you and start at the bottom right corner.
Row 1: ch 3, (hdc, hdc) into the same space, *sk to the next chain space, 3 hdc. Repeat from * up the right side across the back, and down the left side, hdc in the last stitch.

Repeat row 1 for 9 rows or until you have your desired colar. I really like the thick colar on this one.

Pockets - make 2
Cast on 11
Row 1: sc in the second stitch from the hook, sc, *Ch 4, sk next 4 chs, sc in each of the next 2 ch. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: ch 3, sk 1 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch4sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 1 sc, 1 hdc in the last sc.
Row 3: ch 5, sk 2 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 space. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch2sp. Repeat from * across to the last 3 hdc. Ch 2, sk 2 hdc, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 4: ch 4, 2 hdc in ch2sp. *Sk 2 sc, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in the next ch 4 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 2 sc. Sk 2 sc, 2 hdc in the last ch2sp, ch 1, 1 hdc in the last hdc.
Row 5: ch 1, 1 sc in the first hdc and 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp. *Ch 4, sk 4 hdc, 2 sc in the next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * across to the last 5 hdc. Ch 4, sk 2 hdc, 1 sc in the next ch 1 sp and 1 sc in the last hdc.
Row 6: repeat row 2
Row 7: repeat row 3
Row 8: repeat row 4
Row 9: repeat row 5
Row 10: repeat row 2


Sew on the pockets onto the front panels. I did these 2 inches from the bottom and an inch back from where the colar starts.

Dark Rainbow Cardigan




clay

Ring Holders

February 15, 2024

I get asked all the time if my gnomes are ring holders. I thought I would try to make a few with that purpose. They are mostly the same as my normal gnomes except the hats are much straighter. I don't know why I added the bird other than I thought it looked really cute. I made one as just a ring holder without a gnome body. I like the simplicity of that one too.

Ring Holders




Popular Posts

About me

Contact Form

Name

Email *

Message *

email-signup-form-Image

Subscribe

Weekly updates on blog posts, where to find me at fairs, and other pertinent info. I will not sell your information.