Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Claymatters Holiday Party

Saturday I went to the Carolina Clay Matters Guild holiday party.  I had a great time catching up with everyone. They always have a gift exchange and I went away with this beautiful vase made by Linda Dalton. Then later I won this Dolan tool during the raffle.  If you are interested in the guild, check out the website. HERE.

Yesterday I threw yarn bowls using Speckled Brownstone clay.  Today I will make the cutouts.  This week I need to make gift items for Valentines Day.  I also need to get some supplies since I plan on testing some new glazes next week.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fun Pitchers

Today I assembled two pitchers that were started yesterday.  I like the one on the left the best.  I also finished trimming the cracker trays I threw a few days ago.  With the rainy days it's been taking longer to finish items.

Next week I need to take some items to a few galleries in town.  Inventories are low due to the holidays and I haven't been out since November.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pedestal Bowl

Today I finished this pedestal bowl.  I rolled out the slab a few days ago and finally got around to throwing the pedestal part of the piece.  I went out yesterday to throw it plus the cracker trays and found that the clay was way too cold to work with, so I brought it into the house to warm up.  There are a few tweaks with the design but I am pretty happy with this piece.

Another piece looked great but broke when I went to take a photo.  I have decided that I need to roll the slabs a little thicker.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Slab roller has arrived

This week I finally received my Christmas gift.  A table top slab roller.  Yippee.  Yesterday I rolled out and stamped some slabs to make a few items.  One item completely got messed up but the rest looked alright.  The vase was the hardest because it wanted to flop and I hope the seams are going to stay.  The teapot was time consuming but not too bad.  The handle and spouts were the trouble spots.

I have all kinds of ideas that I want to try so the next few weeks will be experimental.  Check back for progress.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Berry Bowls

Back in the studio and throwing for the first time in a month.  After my week at the Folk School I decided to take some time off to re energize.  I was also waiting for my new slab roller, which hasn't arrived yet, to get going on some exciting new items.

Alas, I needed to get back in the studio to make some of my better sellers. This year I have decided that I need to focus more on my surface designs, so today I messed around with my berry bowls and tried out some new ideas around the rims.  Tomorrow I need to make some cracker trays, since I am all out and a customer wants one of the full round trays.

Hope everyone had a great holiday season and have a happy new year.