Saturday, December 20, 2008

Break time

The trolley square show was extended one weekend. Yea for more exposure! I'm pretty happy with how things have gone. I don't think I'll be in the studio much over Christmas. Unless, of course, the kids drive me crazy and I have to get away.

Monday, December 8, 2008

This is where I'll be this weekend. How about you?

Sunday, December 7, 2008


So I'm finally posting some results that I'm happy with. I can tell you what's wrong with each piece and what's right with each piece. Usually the wrongs outnumber the rights. I have to say that on a few pieces from this last firing the rights won!
The two chips and salsa bowls are glazed with blue rutile and turqouise. The mugs - one is in a matte stoney white with blue rutile and the other is in a glaze called old copper. The bowl is turqouise on the outside with a glaze called stormy sun on the inside with the tuqouise layered over the yellow. The casserole is in the matte stoney white. These are a few of the items that will be for sale at the boutique show at Trolley Square this weekend. Yipee!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Or is it brown?

So this is what came out of the kiln. Some pieces came out completely blue. Others were a good mix of blue and brown. While others were mainly brown with a little bit of blue. I have not learned how to control that. Maybe I will figure that out in the next few years.

Monday, December 1, 2008

This is blue

These pots are blue, maybe, I hope anyway. They may look red now but by Wednesday afternoon they should be blue. We'll see what happens.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

2 chip bowls...

2 chip bowls, 2 salsa bowls, 6 mugs, 6 spoon rests, 2 large rings for handles all thrown and waiting to be trimmed. 2 casseroles with handles attached, and 10 mugs with handles attached, trimmed and drying. Happy day for me!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Busy day

I'm happy to say I was able to spend the whole day (meaning 10 to 3) in the studio. The kiln was cooling from a bisque fire so it was nice and toasty warm. The weather was beautiful so every time I looked up from my wheel I could see the sun shining in. I was able to throw a few things and by the time I tucked the girls in to bed at night I was able to go back and trim them. I had a few minutes after the girls got home from school to unload the cooled kiln. My two casserole dishes exploded. I have no idea why. The rest of the things were ok. Today's couple hours in the studio will be spent glazing.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's always a mystery

My daughter's reflections project was in the kiln. She glazed it with the albany slip glaze. It came out looking like the shino glaze. I've made a few pieces and glazed them with shino and they came out looking like albany slip. I convinced myself that I had glazed them wrong. Now I know what is going on. I'm guessing in a few years I'll have more of an idea of what I'm going to get when I open the kiln. I know there will always be surprises (that's the great thing about pottery) but maybe I'll be able to make an educated guess by then.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

1945 degrees

Things have been busy around here. Halloween, family, church, teaching, etc. have all taken priority over pottery. I have made a few things. The kiln is firing right now. You can see the temp I took the picture of. I'm waiting for it to hit 1945 degrees and then it will cool for 8-13 hours and I can open it up. This is a bisque firing, the first firing. This firing gets rid of the moisture in the clay and hardens it. After the pots are cooled I can glaze them and fire them again. I have one more bisque load to do before glazing. By next weekend I should have some more finished work!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Show(s)

I realize I didn't address very well how the show(s) went. I don't know how to answer that. In terms of selling, I sold enough to cover my costs - show fees, display supplies and had (or hope to have as soon as I get a check) a bit left over to go buy more clay with. In terms of having my work out there for the public to see, it went great because that was way out of my comfort zone. I was able to have my work displayed and I didn't have to be there to hear the good and bad reactions from people. There will be another show in December. That one kind of scares the pants off me because I'll have to be there for the whole thing. Now the pressure is on to produce some pots that I'm really happy with and feel as if they are good enough to sell.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Time to work

The shows are over. It was fun to see things I made and hear some good comments about them. I have a lot of work to do to get my pots where I want them to be. I have many pictures in my head that need to come out in clay. With an unlimited amount of time I will be able to make all those pictures a reality. Who has unlimited amounts of time? Not me. So it comes back to being patient again. Patience is a lesson I have to learn and relearn every single day. This pot/casserole has been thrown and is drying a bit. I'll trim it later today and fire it in a week or so, then I'll glaze it and fire it again. It's going to be 2 weeks before I can see the finished product. Good thing I'm working on being patient. (FYI this dish is 10" wide and 2 1/2" tall.)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sneak Peek

Here's a little sample of my display at the Simply Bliss Boutique. I'm pretty excited about how it turned out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


My kiln is almost done cooling. I can take my work out in a couple hours. This waiting time is so nerve wracking! I'm always so excited! How will it look? Have I blown anything up? Did the glazes turn out ok? How many pieces am I going to love and how many are going in the trash? In anxious anticipation of opening the kiln and seeing how this firing went I need to post the reason for my anxiety. I'm going to show some work at the Simply Bliss Boutique (see above). That's almost worse than opening the kiln. How is it going to go? Is anyone going to like what I'm showing? Will anyone buy anything? Will anyone be a bigger critic than I am? It's been a long time since I've had to put myself out there. I'm not sure my skin is as thick as it once was.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

First Things First

How to begin? It's much easier to do than to explain. So let's just skip the years of planning and waiting and jump right to the end product - Backyard Mudslingers Pottery Studio. I expect to have great works to post about later. For now I have the beginnings of things; some good, some awful and lots in the middle. Small bowls and spoon rests are what I've started with. It's going to take a while to figure out what clays and glazes I like best. I guess that means I'll need to spend a lot of time in the studio - lucky me!