Welcome to my Home Studio

Welcome to my Home Studio
Hard at work, click photo to go to website

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Three Mugs

Worked all day getting new pottery ready for the kiln. Finished up three mugs (one with a butterfly) and some more glazed pieces and then took them to the kiln. Should be able to pick up most of them on Friday night. It is so exciting to see what comes out of the kiln. Just like Christmas and your Birthday rolled into one:>)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Still Glazing

Spent the day glazing the new Espresso Sunrise pots. Did three more after the photo was taken. Ran out of glaze. Will need to make some more before the kiln is fired again. Nelson helped me again today, so I guess all the glazing yesterday didn't scare him off. Its kind of nice having company in the studio. Pottery is a lonely craft.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Espresso Sunrise

We are excited to announce our new line of hand-built wheel-thrown pottery called Espresso Sunrise. My husband and I thought of many names for this new line, but decided Espresso Sunrise was descriptive of the colors and design. We have put the first few pieces up on our website and spent the day glazing many more. Stay tuned for many more pieces to come.
A little about how we glazed the pots.
My husband is not a potter, but he came into my studio today and asked if he could help glaze. I have about 30 pieces I want to do in the Espresso Sunrise colors. I decided the easiest way to glaze them would be to cut out circles from contact paper, stick them on the pots, glaze in the black licorice take off the contact paper and then fill in the circles with Albany slip. I can't pour or dip as the contact paper will let in the glaze if it is not thick enough. Anyway, he did a wonderful job on helping me.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Busy, Busy

Got my bisque (first firing) back last night and a few glazed pieces. Have a lot of glazing to do. Took photos of the kilns at my pottery studio and of all the bisque. Thought you all might be interested in the process of making the finished pieces. Will post some more photos tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lots of green-ware waiting to be fired.

Here are some of the pots I made while the kiln was closed. This is only a few. On top are some with glaze and the next two shelves have green-ware. All in all I took over 30 pots to the kiln. The large casserole on the bottom shelf cracked on the bottom. Took the handle off the top and made it into a bowl. Very disappointing. Really liked that casserole. Oh well, as my professor, Mr D says, just make another:>)

Will find out tomorrow if they were all fired. Can't wait. If the glaze turns out the way I am hoping, I will glaze this batch to go with the Temmoku and Albany slip tea pot below.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

My new Light Cube

Today I set up my new photo light cube and tried to take a few nice photos with it.
When I got it, it came with a solid blue or gray background.
I looked everywhere for a graduated background and the best I could do, was to order one that was too large, and cut it down.
I was surprised though that for that amount of money ($40) it is made out of a type of paper.
Above are a couple of shots I took.
Not great pottery but I think the photos are pretty good:>)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

$200 to clean out the viruses

Well, I finally got my computer back, $200 to clean out the viruses and re-do everything. Thank goodness he was able to save all my files.
The center with the kiln that does my firing is open now, so I carted about 30 pieces of greenware over there last night. Only broke one:>(
Can't wait to see them fired and to glaze and get some new pieces to put on my webpage. Will post some photos tomorrow if I can.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


Dam!! Instead of throwing pots today, I spent the whole day trying to get rid of a virus I picked up on one of these blogs last night. I did the "view next blog" thing at the top of the page, and all hell broke lose. I have never had a virus in the 15 or 20 years I have been using a computer and now this. I hope I have gotten rid of it, but I really don't think so, as every time I go to a new page, an advertisement pops up. Never did that before:>(

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The first of many, I hope, muddy blogs.

I am starting this blog to be able to have a closer contact with the people, friends and family that use my handmade and wheel thrown pottery. I will share my joys and frustrations, my accomplishments and my new pieces, not only when they are ready for sale, but as I am making them.