Monday, July 30, 2012

I REALLY need a kiln!

A lot of greenware .....

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Final piece for summer school...

Cleaning and organizing everything today - the last class day of the summer session. While moving all the greenware to the kiln room, I found a slab plate waiting for decoration. So I broke out my shells and finished it off.

Can't wait to glaze it!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Productive day ...

Yesterday I started several items, so today being Friday, I figured I had better finish them. I trimmed, added bottoms, and lug handles to three different sized baking dishes, finished the small box, and trimmed and handled a pitcher. I think I did ok for 3 hours (with student interruptions).

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Latest attempts

Been trying my hand at a couple of new forms.

An enclosed form, a box in the making. I'll cut the lid loose tomorrow.

A small baking dish

I also threw a couple of bottomless rings to alter into oval bakers tomorrow. Stay tuned for more pictures!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Busy day...

Showing students how to trim a few pieces they have thrown, while trimming mine in the process.
These are mine, theirs will show up tomorrow on!

Tomorrow? More pots!
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Another set of cups...

Today I had a chance to finish the last of the cups that I threw last week, and I think they turned out pretty nice.

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Stamping options - part 2

For some reason, BlogPress won't publish more than 7 photos, so here's the second half of today's post.
as well as these items from another aisle full of tools for use with something called Sculpti?

I still use my found items and handmade items more than the "store bought".

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A pile of stamping options...

The other day, Michèle, of
asked me about a stamp I used on a yunomi. I promised I would show her more stamps, so here you go!
Last summer while visiting our son & family in Southern Ca., we went to a craft supply store called Michael's. The store has a plethora of items that could be used to make marks in clay! I wandered down one aisle of rubber stamps, trying to choose from hundreds of designs. I finally settled on the following stamps, (Yes! That is a Spam stamp!)

To be continued...
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A trio of cups...

Today I was practicing my faceting. I haven't had much luck with it in the past, so I decided to experiment.

I figured since I have seven cups to practice with ... ;-)
I think it was a good start.
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Trimmed and decorated...

The students were busy with their place settings today giving me a little time to trim these by hand, (didn't want to drag the wheel out).
Tried out a new cheese slicer for this faceted vase.

Basketweave stamp and a cheese slicer made this bowl turn out ok.

I bought this big, 4 stamp block the last time I was in the States. It works pretty nice.

This one was shorter than the last one, so the large stamp wouldn't fit between the ridges. :-/ I used a button and a stamp I made, to decorate all the way 'round this cup.

I have about 200 pieces waiting for bisque and glaze, but want to have 4-500 pieces by the time a kiln arrives. I want to have a good selection for my first solo outing, sometime before Christmas. Now I have to order some glazes - lots of glazes...

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Fun, fun, fun Friday!

The students were happily mudding away at their pinch bowls, most got the idea straight away, and all realized it would not happen with the first attempt. So while they were having fun getting muddy up to their elbows, I was having fun on the wheel.

I did a bowl and a vase,

then tried sticking to one yunomi form for awhile,

and eventually turned to experiment with another yunomi form.

I made sure they were well covered for the weekend, and will trim on Monday. Have a great weekend, and
Happy Mudding to you all!

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