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Kiln Results 9/22

September 26, 2022

I love how the big bowl (in the first 2 pictures below) turned out. It was originally created with a spiderweb placemat and I intended it as a Halloween decoration. When I went to glaze it, I had a new vision and I love it.
Spectrum's Kimchi on Laguna 66 is amazing. It's even more amazing on my little footed planter. I'm also loving how the Midnight Sexy Mermaid came out on my little hosta leaf bowl.
All of of the birds, tulips, unicorns, fishies, and mermaid tails will end up being magnets. I love how they turned out and the variety of them.
A reminder - I will be at the MacKenzie-Childs Artisan Craft Festival this coming weekend September 30th - October 2nd. Hope to see you there!


Kiln Results 9/22
Coyote Peacock Green x3 Turqouise Lake x2
Kiln Results 9/22
Coyote Peacock Green x3 Turqouise Lake x2
Kiln Results 9/22
Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Amaco Iron Luster x3 Seaweed on edge x2
Kiln Results 9/22
Laguna 60
Top Left: Amaco Tangelo x3
Bottom Left: Amaco Mulberry x3
Top Right: Amaco Marigold x3
Bottom Right: Amaco Snapdragon x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Amaco Smoke x3 Mayco Hot Tamale
Kiln Results 9/22
Laguna 60
Left: Amaco Mulberry x3
Right: Amaco Snapdragon x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Laguna 60 Kentucky Mudworks Tortuga x2
Kiln Results 9/22
Laguna 60 Coyote Peacock Green x3 Turqouise Lake x2
Kiln Results 9/22
Mayco Norse Blue x3 with Sunkissed on the beak refire Shipwreck
Kiln Results 9/22
Laguna 60
Left Kentucky Mudworks Dandelion x3
Right Amaco Poppy x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Laguna 60
Right Amaco Poppy x3
Left Kentucky Mudworks Dandelion x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Laguna 60
Spectrum Kimchi x2
Kiln Results 9/22
Column 1: Mayco Just Froggy x3
Column 2: Mayco Jack o Lantern x3 Java Bean x3
Column 3: Mayco Sunkissed x3
Column 4: Mayco Hot Tamale x3
Column 5: Mayco Fruit of the Vine x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Hat: Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x3
Body: Mayco Eggplant x3, Blue Hydrangea x2
Nose: Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Hat: Spectrum Sangria x2
Body: KY Mudworks Pluto x3 (I loved it on speckled clay, but its lost on the white clay)
Nose: Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Hair: Mayco Sunkissed x3
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Kiln Results 9/22
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Kiln Results 9/22
Kiln Results 9/22
Laguna 60:
Top Left: Amaco Mulberry x3
Bottom Left: Midnight Ceramics Unlucky Penny x2
Top Right: Amaco Deep Sea??
Bottom Right: ???
Kiln Results 9/22
Left: Georgie's Blizzard Blue x2
Middle: Speedball Sea Blue wiped back Amaco Fog x3
Right: Amaco Mulberry x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Top Left: Mayco Black UG wiped back Amaco Marigold x3
Top Middle: Mayco Black UG wiped back Amaco Sky x3
Top Right: Speedball Sea Blue wiped back Amaco Fog x3
Bottom Left: Mayco Black UG wiped back Snapdragon x3
Bottom Middle: Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x2
Bottom Right: Mayco Black UG wiped back Amaco Sky x3
Kiln Results 9/22
Column 1: Georgie's Purple Velvet x3
Column 2: Amaco Smoke x3 Mayco Hot Tamale
Column 3: Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x3
Column 4: Coyote Peacock Green x3 Turquoise Lake x2
Kiln Results 9/22
Column 1: Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x3
Column 2: Georgie's Cherry Fizz x2
Column 3: Georgie's Rose Gold x2
Column 4: Georgie's Tidal Pool

glaze

Kiln Sneak Peak 9/21

September 24, 2022

Right off the bat I am really bummed about the crawling on the elephant ear bowl in the top right of the picture. I have had this happen before with speedball underglaze and the Amaco celadons. I thought that maybe it was that I wasn't letting the underglaze dry enough before putting on the glaze, but since I let this dry overnight that theory can't be right. I think I'll just have to give up that combination. I've mostly switched to the Mayco underglazes now, but I do really like this combo (sea blue and fog). I'll have to reglaze, but I'm not going to try to push it before the art show next week.
The question is.....can I do a bisque and two more glaze fires before we have to leave for the Mackenzie-Childs Artisan Fair? Do I HAVE to get that all in? Probably not, but I'm stressing about it so I'm going to try. As soon as a I unload this kiln, I'll reload and start up the bisque. I want to fire a few of the leaf vases, egg trays, and more appetizer plates.
You can see on the top shelf this kiln has some fall jewelry. It also has a gaggle of gnomes, a number of appetizer plates, and a whole lot of magnets. Kiln Sneak Peak 9/21




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Kiln Results 9/15

September 22, 2022

The leaf bark bowl looks even better not through the crack in the kiln! I'm love how it turned out. Now to re-create it at home! My leaf platter also turned out amazing. Really hoping that others like it.

My fears on the vase were warrented, but I still like it. Going to make another. Also need to make one with the specked clay because I'm really loving how the soap dish with the same texture came out.

My egg tray is a re-glaze. I'm still not happy with it, but it's better than it was.
I am loving Coyote Papaya on speckled clay for pumpkins. Not sure if it would be a glaze I'd use regularly, but for that use I'm really digging it.


Kiln Results 9/15
I do not remember what clay this was other than I think it was from Standard.
Mayco Root Beer on the bark, Mayco Hot Tamale, Sour Apple, Jack O Lantern, Sun Kissed, Java Bean on the leaves. Inside Amaco Sky
Kiln Results 9/15
Amaco Iron Luster x3 Seaweed x2 on the rim. Mayco Light Flux x2
Kiln Results 9/15
Laguna 66. So one of these is Amaco Dark Green x3 Verte Luster x2 and the other is Coyote Peacock Green x3 Turquoise Lake x2 but not sure which is which
Kiln Results 9/15
Mayco Tuxedo on the hat and Jack O lantern on the nose. Designer liner for the eyes and buttons. 2167 clear all over
Kiln Results 9/15
This side is a bit meh
Mayco black underglaze wiped back all over. On the bark Mayco Java bean wiped back, Hot Tamale on the birds, and the leaves are Cotton Tail.
The "sunset" is Colors for Earth Maize, Florida Orange, Candy Apple Red, and Bright Violet. I think I need to go darker next time
Kiln Results 9/15
This side I'm pretty happy with, still need to go darker
Kiln Results 9/15
Laguna 60 Kentucky Mudworks Hydra x3
Kiln Results 9/15
Left two Laguna 60, Right is B-Mix
Coyote Pam's Blue x3
Kiln Results 9/15
Laguna 60 Mayco Black underglaze wiped back then Cotton Tail and Hot Tamale. 2167 clear all over
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Amaco Glacier x3
Kiln Results 9/15
Laguna 60 Kentucky Mudworks Dandelion x3
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Laguna 60 Coyote Papaya x3 and Hydra Scale x3
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Amaco Deep Sea x3 Seaweed x2
Kiln Results 9/15
Laguna 60 Amaco Deep Sea x3 Seaweed x2
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Amaco Deep Sea x3 Seaweed x2
Kiln Results 9/15
I didn't mean to make him so monotone, but I still like it.
The hat is Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x3. I'm not sure about the body - maybe Amaco Dark Green? Nose is Mayco Meloncholy
Kiln Results 9/15
This is the same clay as the bark leaf bowl Standard something
What I attemtpted to do was Mayco purple underglaze on the hat and black on the spiders. Then Amaco Cosmic Tea Dust x3 all over and Amaco Ancient Copper x3 on the buckle.
What's interesting is that over a glaze cosmic tea dust will show the bottom glaze through, but with the underglaze not so much. Lesson learned, its still cool looking.
Kiln Results 9/15
Re-glaze I added Amaco Cherry Blossom on top. It muted the very bright red, still not as awesome as it was in my head.

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Kiln Sneak Peak 9/15

September 20, 2022

Not a ton of things in this kiln because there are a lot of tall pieces on this top shelf. I love the leaf bark globe at the bottom of the kiln. That's from my workshop with Michael Harbridge. It came out better than I can imagine. The witches had at the top is also from that workshop, rather disapointed with how that came out. I had hoped to make the spiders pop. I'm worried the vase in the top right didn't come out like I wanted it too, but I can't really tell yet.

On the very bottom of this kiln is a leaf platter I'm hoping turns out well. I hate waiting!! Kiln Sneak Peak 9/15




crochet

Fall Leaf Shawl

September 19, 2022

I started off wanting to make a butterfly shawl, but with these colors I think leaf is much more appropriate. This yarn is from Feederbrook Farm and is their silk DK weight yarn. I bought this at the Maryland Sheep and Wool and the colors aren't listed, but its 2 skeins of a burnt orange color, 2 of a cranberry red color, a skein of dark brown, and a skein of a nice deep purple for a total of about 1500 yards.

Fall Leaf Shawl


This didn't come out exactly perfect as the top isn't entirely flat, but once its on you'll never notice it. I think it's because of the different types of stitches that I used trying to create some different texture. The single crochets definitely aren't as wide as the other stitches. I used the same color until it ran out and always switched on rows.

Fall Leaf Shawl


This uses a 4 mm hook.
Stitches used:
ch - chain
ch sp - chain space
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tc - treble crochet
bphdc - back post half double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
shell - 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc
v-stitch - 1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc
sk st - skipt stitch
bobble - yarn over, pull up, yarn over, pull up, yarn over, pull up (7 loops), pull all the way through
picot - chain 3, insert the hook into the same stitch and pull it through

Start with a magic ring with the orange
Row 1: ch3, 7 dc, 1 trb
Row 2: ch3, 1dc in same st, *2dc in next st*. Repeat from *. In the last stich 1 dc and 1 trb
Row 3: ch5, sk st, *1 dc in next 4 sts, ch 2, sk st. Repeat from * 1 tc in last st
Row 4: ch3, in the chain space (1dc, 2ch, 2dc), *sk st, 1 dc, ch2, 1 dc, sk st, shell in the next ch space *, Repeat from * once. Sk st, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, sk st, in next ch sp 2dc, 2ch, 1dc, 1trb in last st
Row 5: ch3, sk st, * in next ch sp shell, 1 dc, sk st in the next 2 sts, in next ch sp v-stitch, sk next 2 sts, 1 dc. Repeat from *. In the last ch sp shell, sk st, 1 tc in the last stitch
Row 6: ch3, sk st, 1 dc, *In next ch sp shell, dc, dc, sk 2 sts, v-stitch, sk 2 sts, dc, dc. Repeat until end with a tr in the last stitch.

Ok so here is the pattern to follow for the rest of the shawl - in row 5 there was 1 dc between the shell and the v, in row 6 there were 2, in row 7 there will be 3....are you seeing the pattern here? The number of stitches between the shell and the v increases by 1 every row from now on. That's the big secret for this. Like I said before I decided to make it texturally interesting so I experimented with different stitches. You can follow my path or create your own.

Fall Leaf Shawl


Row 7-9: dc
Row 10: alternate dc with 3 dc in the same stitch
Row 11: dc
ROw 12: alternate dc with 3 dc in the same stitch
Row 13: dc
ROw 14: alternate dc with 3 dc in the same stitch
Row 15: dc
Row 16: hdc
Change colors - red
Row 17: sc
Row 18-20: sc, ch
Row 21: hdc
Row 22: dc
Row 23: hdc
Row 24: sc
Row 25: bp hdc
Row 26: bp dc
Row 27: bp hdc
Row 28: sc
Change colors - brown
Row 29-30: 2 hdc in the same stitch, sk st
Row 31: dc
Row 32-33: 2 hdc in the same stitch, sk st
Row 34: sc
Change colors - orange
Row 35: dc, ch
Row 36: 2 dc in the same stitch, sk st
Row 37: dc, ch
Row 38: 2 dc in the same stitch, sk st
Row 39: dc, ch
Row 40: sc
Change colors - red
Row 41: hdc, ch
Row 42: dc
Row 43: hdc, ch
Row 44: 2 hdc in the same stitch, sk st
Row 45: hdc, ch
Row 46: 2 hdc in the same stitch, sk st
Row 47: hdc, ch


Fall Leaf Shawl


Continue to use the red at this point to do a sc across the flat top. This helps to even it out if it hasn't been even.
Change colors - purple
Row 48: bobble, ch
Row 49: tc, ch 3. In the shell spaces ch 5 instead of ch 3
Row 50: * sc, hdc, dc, hdc. Repeat from *. In the shell space - sc, hdc, dc, tc, dc, hdc. For the v-stitch make sure you still sk a stitch then just sc in the 2 chains
Row 51: sc in the sc and hdc stitches. Picot in all the dc stitches (and in the tr for the shells)
When you get to the end sc across the top again.

Fall Leaf Shawl




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