More Pottery

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The steady glow of the computer monitor convinces me that I must go outside soon and get some real sunlight or I might just fade away ….. I’ve been listing beads over on the NKP BEADS etsy site most of the day. The other half of the day has been organizing the TPSG coming up […]

Fractals

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I watched a program on PBS last night explaining the history and development of fractals. It fascinated me to the point that I downloaded a free fractal program and started playing around. Wouldn’t this look pretty on a round pendant or bead? Something to think about anyway.

Thank You Beads

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I recently was asked how I decide what to give away as my Thank You gift when someone buys beads. As I began answering I realized that it was kinda complicated. First of all, I consider what has been bought. Is the customer buying big beads? Small beads? Formed beads? Painted beads? If there seems […]

Texas Clay Festival

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This was my first time to this festival and it was SO MUCH FUN! I enjoyed every demo and wished I could have been in three places at once. This is held in Gruene (pronounced ‘Green’), Texas every year and there is incredible pottery to buy and incredible demos to watch. There were three tents […]

Slab Thrown Mugs

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The assigment was to throw slabs and make 6 mugs, exactly alike. This was probably the hardest assignment so far in the class because it is very hard to make anything that is similar (for me anyway!). But here is success!

Whistles

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I was in the mood to glaze the other day, and I think that is part of it — I MUST be in the mood to glaze or I just draw a big b l a n k. These whistles had also sat neglected in the bisque form on my shelves, but now they are […]

Little Teapots / Spicepots

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I made these so long ago. Then they sat on my shelf in the bisque state for months and months until I finally glazed them last week. I used to be so good at doing everything in a timely manner, but sometime in the last year or so not so much. I just couldn’t decide […]

Experimenting with Shapes

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I don’t have any photos at the moment, but I have been experimenting with some home-made stamp designs. Lately I’ve been obsessed with squares, rectangles, circles, ovals, etc … patterns have always interested me. I have a bunch of stamps ready to go into the kiln for a bisque firing and then I will be […]

Square Hollow Forms

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In open lab I decided to get play with the square hollow extruder die. It took me about 20 minutes to try to figure out how to put it together and then I set about extruding a small amount of clay. It took me a while to figure out what to make. I should have […]

Big Vat

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Here it is. It is finished. Unfortunately there is a teeny tiny horizontal crack near the bottom. It does not go all the way through the piece, but it probably will fully crack either in the bisque fire or the glaze firing. I don’t know. Who wants to place a bet? Or should I just […]

Today in Ceramics Class ….

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As soon as I walked in the door I got this out and added coils to both pots. I can tell by the photo that I pushed both of these a bit too far. They will have to harden and by Monday I will have to paddle them into shape. The ‘top’ is about ready […]