Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dinner platter order complete

A few months back I got a request to make 6 plates.  What made this an interesting order was that the customer wanted man platters for dining outside.  He wanted to be able to load up his plate and not to have to go back to get more.  These plates are 13 inches and will hold a large steak and all the sides easily.

This week I have been busy shipping out online orders.  It has been pretty exciting to get orders almost daily.  Most times I was shipping between 4-10 boxes.  Of course this is the week that they are doing bodywork on our truck, which coincidentally was ruined when I backed into a car in the post office parking lot last month.  So, my sons had to take turns driving me to the post office every afternoon.   Hopefully I will get the truck back soon.

Yesterday I went to the supply store and ordered a slab roller.  I am really excited to start making some new work.  In the next few days I will probably draw out some ideas to try once I get the slab roller.  My plan is to also revamp my glaze colors as well.  The glazes I use right now do not show texture well and slab work is shown off best with other types of glazes.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

John C. Campbell Folk School

I spent last week at the John C. Campbell Folk School taking the Textured gifts of clay class.  Sylvia Coppola was our instructor and she did a great job showing us many ideas for hand built projects.  From teapots, to owl bells, mugs, vases and even toad houses.

The photo to the left was one of the items I made using the ideas learned but using my own patterns.  In a few months I plan on having some new glazes and I can't wait to glaze this pot.

The photo on the right is of the whole class with Sylvia and our last glaze load. Everyone had a great time and came away with some wonderful pieces.

My mom was my roommate and she took the copper enameling class.  We had a great time in the evenings watching the many programs they had including dancing, singing, and a performance by the Brasstown Ringers.  It was Christmas week so everything was Christmas related.

To see more photos of the week, check out my Facebook page.