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Gallery Opening

November 12, 2022

Several pieces of mine will be at the Harford Artists Association Gallery in Bel Air, MD in their Wonders of Winter gallery exhibit through January 8th. The opening reception is November 12th from 1-4. I feel so fancy having my work in a gallery even if it is just a quaint little one near home.

When I dropped everything off the gallery was in a state of flux as all the walls were bare and they were bringing in all the work for the new exhibit. I can't wait to see everything displayed. If you're local it's definitely worth dropping by to see during the opening or just during their normal hours. They are located just behind the Bel Air Armory. Gallery Opening




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Clay Puzzling Ornaments

November 10, 2022

Last week on Clayshare Live with Michael Harbridge he showed how to make giant ornaments. I had to make some right away. I made 3 sizes and I love how they came out. Clay Puzzling Ornaments


I actually have 3 more in process that I want to make slightly different so they'll look like they're on their side.

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New Glazing Setup

November 08, 2022

For a while my glazing setup has been a little workbench in the garage next to my kiln. When we moved the kiln into the garage Craig moved out. He built the workbench, but now he's moved to the basement and expanded. The workbench is maybe 3 feet long or so. Before that I had always glazed at a studio so I didn't really know if it was good or bad.

This year has been the first year that I've been actively selling my work at shows. This means I've had to make schedules for myself that I have to keep. Which means that sometimes it's really really hot outside when I need to glaze.

At one point over the summer it was probably 100 degrees in the garage. Craig came out and was like - what is wrong with you. I looked down and I was soaking wet. I was literally covered in sweat. It was gross, very very gross.

The heat wave hadn't broken and I had another kiln load I needed to glaze so I setup my tables in the space between the kitchen and the family room. I put a chair in between them and I can use one table as a staging area and the other as my primary space.

I don't know that I can go back to the small workbench in the garage. Having more space means that I can do more. I can also line things up in an order vs having to put it on the shelf. It helps me keep track of how many coats I have. Temperature controlled so I'm never too hot or too cold. Also GIANT TV to watch while I glaze. New Glazing Setup


When we move to NY and I design my future studio having a permanent space setup like this is a must.

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Snowman Plate

November 07, 2022

I have one more show this year at the Howard County Holiday Mart on December 3rd. I was really focused on stuff for fall and only have a few weeks to gear up for the Holidays/Winter. I started with a set of these cute little snowmen plates.

I also made a few larger bowls that I will share once I've turned them over that I think will be nice. I'm envisioning a few tree bowls/plates as well.

What I can't decided, this being my first year selling, is how much people will want to buy specifically holiday themed stuff vs stuff that can be used year round. Snowman Plate




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Halloween Glaze Results 10/31

November 05, 2022

I love my little turkey plate and bowl. I can't wait to use these for Thanksgiving. They were made from a felt placemat that I got as a set on Amazon. The leaf bowl is from the same set of placemats. I actually had made another turkey plate in bmix a few weeks ago, but after it was all glazed I knocked it off the shelf and smash. I think I like the Laguna 60 one better.

I'm loving how my 2 piece egg tray came out as well. I think I like the platter better than the egg insert. What's interesting is that I used the same patttern underglaze transfer on the last one and I really didn't like that one. I think that maybe it's that there is no white space. I used the same colors on the insert as I did on the tray, but the white space makes all the difference in letting the colors pop.

My gnomes made with the pumpkin cutter came out adorable. I definitely need to make some more of those.

I tried out the combo of 1 coat of Amaco Fog and 2 coats of Glacier on a few snowmen ornaments and I really like how it's turned out.


Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Laguna 60 Feathers are a combination of Mayco Hot Tamale and Jack o Lantern
Eyes Mayco Bluebeard and beak combo of Mayco Jack o Lantern and Sunkissed
2167 Clear coat all over
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Laguna 60 Feathers are a combination of Mayco Hot Tamale and Jack o Lantern
Eyes Mayco Bluebeard and beak combo of Mayco Jack o Lantern and Sunkissed
2167 Clear coat all over
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Kentucky Mudworks Brown Bear Amaco Honey Flux x3 Amaco Blue Rutile x2
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Speckled BMix
On the flower Mayco Hot Tamale, Jack o Lantern, and Sun Kissed
On the rim Amaco Snapdragon x3
The random spots are because I didn't wash my brush out well enough from when I used night moth, I really like it though
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Colors for Earth Color Strokes Violet Blue, Phlox Pink, Tea Rose, Orchid Bloom, Bright Purple, and Jade
2167 Clear all over
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Colors for Earth Color Strokes Phlox Pink, Tea Rose
2167 Clear all over
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Laguna 60 Mayco Hot Tamale x3, Norse Blue x3, Light Flux
2167 Clear all over
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Laguna 60 Mayco Hot Tamale x3, Norse Blue x3, Light Flux
2167 Clear all over
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Colors for Earth Violet Blue and Jade
2167 clear all over
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Mayco Norse Blue x3 and Sandstone x3 with light flux where they meet
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Speckled BMix
Vinyl Resist Deep Sea x3
2167 over the birds
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Colors for Earth Color Strokes Violet Blue, Phlox Pink, Tea Rose, and Jade
2167 Clear all over
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Laguna 60 Vinyl Resist Coyote Oatmeal x3
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Vinyl Resist Deep Sea x3
2167 over the tree
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Vinyl Resist Deep Sea x3
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Vinyl Resist Deep Sea x3
2167 over the tree
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Mayco Northern Woods x3 (hat and inside)
Amaco Snapdragon x3 body
Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3 nose
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Mayco Frosted Lemon x3 Night Moth x2
2167 clear dipped outside
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Laguna 60
Left Amaco Deep Sea x3 Seaweed x2 on the rim
Right Laguna Power Turquoise x3 Mayco Night Moth x2
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Laguna 60 Laguna Power Turquoise x3
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Speckled BMix
Left: Hat Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x3, Body Amaco Glacier x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Right: Hat Mayco Jack o Lantern on the Pumpkin 2167 clear, Body Amaco Deep Sienna Speckle x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Opulance Emerald x2
I think I want to add some non-fired snow to these, what do you think?
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Left: Hat Mayco Norse Blue x3, Body Mayco Frosted Lemon x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Middle: Hat Spectrum Autumn Purple x2, Body Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x2, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Right: Hat Amaco Glacier x3, Body Spetrum Autumn Purple x2, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Far Left: Hat Mayco Frosted Lemon x3, Body Mayco Norse Blue x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Middle Left: Hat Mayco Sandstone x3, Body KY Mudworks Hydra x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Right Two : Hat Amaco Deep Sea x3, Body KY Mudworks Hydra x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Left Two: Hat Mayco Frosted Lemon x3 Mayco Night Moth x2, Body Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x2, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Middle Two: Hat Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x2, Body Colors For Earth Violet Blue 2167 Clear, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Right Two: Hat Laguna Power Turquoise x3 Mayco Night Moth x2, Body Amaco Glacier x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Left Three: Hat Mayco Northern Woods x3, Body Amaco Snapdragon x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3, Hair Mayco Sunkissed x2
Right Two: Hat Amaco Snapdragon x3, Body Mayco Northern Woods x3, Nose Mayco Cutie Pie Coral x3
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Unicorn: Spectrum Autumn Purple
Fish: Spectrum Sangria
Santa: Refire Mayco Designer liners 2167 clear
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Left: Mayco Sandstone
Right: Spectrum Emerald
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Left: Spectrum Sangria
Right: Spectrum Autumn Purple
Halloween Glaze Results 10/31
Far Left: Laguna 60 KY Mudworks Hydra x3
Middle Left: Midnight Ceramics Sexy Mermaid x3
Middle Right: Spectrum Nori green Far Right: Amaco Fog, Amaco Glacier x2

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Halloween Kiln Sneak Peak 10/31

November 03, 2022

I stayed up late on Halloween loading this kiln. I love how my little turkey bowl came out. Somewhere in the kiln is a matching plate. Definitely using these on the Thanksgiving table this year. I think need to make more next year and have them at shows. There are a whole lot of gnomes in here and I love how whimsical the ones I can see are.

Also in this kiln are a number of mugs I've made for my colleagues. Halloween Kiln Sneak Peak 10/31




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