Mostly Moved

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In July my husband and I sold our house of 35 years in Fort Worth, Texas and moved back to Sunny New Mexico, where we both were raised. A new move means a lot of change and one of them is to rebrand my studio from NKPdesigns to Zinnia Studio, but it is going to […]

Canna Lillies

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I adore canna lillies. They are, for me, the perfect background flower in any back or front or side yard. They require minimal watering or care. And they bloom profusely all summer long. I took my Lensbaby Sweet 35 outside this morning to capture this particular bloom. I used a white reflector to filter out […]

My Mom

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Seven years and a few months ago I had my first ’round’ of chemo and my first radiation treatment.  My mother had driven 800 miles to take care of me while my hubby was at work and during that time period is when I first noticed her memory was going.  My mother is a great […]

New Vase

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I might as well showcase my new vase that I just added to my etsy store this morning. I have a few coffee mugs in this same design, which I also mentioned on my facebook ‘fan’ page. If I had more time I would also mention this on my Instagram, but alas, it is about […]

New Mugs!

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This morning I decided to take some photos of my newest mugs which came out of the kiln last week. I would have liked to promote and blog about these last week, but it was a busy week and I couldn’t get around to it. But today is Monday, the start of a brand new […]

Vacation Mode

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Hi all … I put my Etsy shop in vacation mode (once again) as I had Jury Duty this week. The case was canceled and I was dismissed as a jury and I am sorry to say that I am thrilled to not have to fulfill my civic duty. I just took it out of […]

Gimp Update

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I’m pleased to announce that after a couple of days of googling, watching You Tube Videos, and many false starts, I am now able to process multiple pictures with one click in Gimp.  I probably will be able to get more items listed in my store each day because of this leap in intellectual technology. […]

This and That

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It’s been rough the past year or two. It started with my mother having a severe stroke, then in October of 2017 she finally passed. My father passed this last March of a stroke, also. My mother-in-law passed earlier this month, and while she did not pass away from a stroke she had lots of […]

Shabby Chic Mug

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This mug has been through many many firings since my last post!  The first fire was to bisque fire.  Next I coated with a clear glaze and fired again in my small test kiln. The clear glaze crawled horribly.  I do not have the words for the sad emotions that went through me when I […]

Happy New Year!

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Ok, so it is May.  Not January.  What does that say about me?  I’ve been busy in my new studio  It is insulated and has a heating/cooling unit.  There was electric out there and so hubby ran a few outlets for me so I could plug in the wheel or the pugmill as needed.  It […]

Glazing Chowder Mugs

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I had this fun project of making chowder mugs.  I was going to make 6 mugs about 24 ounces each and these are the photos of that progress. First I had to figure out about how  big to throw them.  I had a couple of false starts but eventually got close.  I am definitely not […]

Custom Mug

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 It’s super fun when someone messages and says, “Hey, I want a mug.  I don’t care what shape or color. I just want it to hold a certain amount of liquid….but I want it to have surface decoration like you do with your beads.”  (not an exact quote of course, but a fair simulation)  I […]

Slip Goo

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I had this idea to cover the surface of this very big mug with white porcelain slip …then I could use underglazes and get all painterly artistic about the decorating aspect of it all.  Yeah, good idea!  Except the slip was quite gooey and the brush wasn’t really working.  I did the best I could. […]

Math and Custom Orders

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I say all the time, “NO … I don’t do custom orders….”  …. that is because, well, I don’t work well under stress.  That’s just how I am. However, when I have conversations that go something like this: Can you make (fill in the blank) and take as much time as you need …… OR […]

Glaze Making

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I am working on a stable/safe non-toxic cone 6 studio glaze.   I want to end up with three (Light, Medium, and Dark in values) …. I’ve been meaning to tackle this for a few years but it has take me this long to gather up the chemicals I feel safe working with.  I have a […]

Cobalt Blue Delicate Scrolls

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I have been attempting a glaze match for a couple of years for my Cobalt Blue Delicate Scroll beads that appeared in the book “Bohemian Inspired Jewelry“. The bead that is the second from the left is the original.  The third and fourth from the left are previous attempts. The first bead from the left […]