Customer Loyalty…

November 7, 2015 - One Response

…is deserved at Bracker’s Ceramics. I just took a short and lovely autumn drive to Lawrence, Kansas to visit my supplier., the best ceramic supplier in the region. A business that is professional, knowledgeable, and quick to be helpful will be the one to get my business. Did I mention “and what a fun bunch”?  Visited with them all today when I picked up my order.  Inviting you to be loyal, too.

The Aftermath. 

October 27, 2015 - Leave a Response

  Yes, I’m back in the studio after a cool show in Denver, Cherry Arts Festival. 

 I’ll be folding up that big stack of paper now that our Rafter E gallery is rearranged.  

 I still have a bit of “narrative” pieces to be sold. But they are getting scarce.  

 I’m quite pleased with how the dark stoneware is looking with the white porcelain. 

Our gallery is open as usual on Saturday afternoons. Send me a message if you’d like to visit at another time.  I’ll be here because that wheel has been sitting still too long.  

 If you don’t  live in the KC area, check out my website. Free shipping from my online shop!


September 26, 2015 - 3 Responses

Bottle Buddies…Two bottle selections from Rafter E Studios, one hand-built by John Eck with stoneware and one wheel-thrown porcelain bottle made by me. bottle buddies

Bowl Buddies…What better place to keep your candy than a hand-made bowl?bowl buddies

Budvase Buddies…Even though John and I use different techniques, clay bodies and glazes, our work looks good together. Here he made stripes by brushing on wax to resist the white glaze that he dipped the neck of the bottle into. I made stripes by faceting the clay which causes the green glaze to “break” into an ivory color at the edges of the facets.budvase buddies

Longer Than Wide Buddies…My two favorite small pieces in the gallery right now. How cute are these?longer than wide buddies

Box Buddies…John carefully textured and incised the surface of this small box. And he paid special attention when he cut out the opening. See how the clay edge kicks up a bit there from the knife blade?box buddies

Bet you didn’t know I make boxes, too! This porcelain box was made by pressing a thin sheet of clay onto a plaster mold with the diamond plate pattern and cutting it into a shape…like an x. Then, when the clay was just the right dryness…just right…I folded the shape up into the box. Very tricky to get the edges in place exactly how I want and to keep the form soft looking. Both boxes are glazed on the inside. John’s is an excellent budvase and it’s fun to plant little succulents and cacti in my more open box.

You can see these and more in our gallery now. All the information you need is on my website. Stop in for a visit and you can even see a couple of Buddy Buddies…j&t
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How Not To Finish A Rim

September 14, 2015 - 2 Responses

I’m making cylinders now that are quite thin. The exteriors remain unglazed porcelain that is polished up, buttery smooth. So without a colorful glaze, the rims, well they kinda disappear…


When glazed, the inside has a bit of sparkle but…still…  


If you suffer from this dilemma, I caution you…do not try the following.  

Do not dampen the inside edge of the rim in the bone dry stage… 


If you do this, you will be able to apply a thin line of underglaze… 


And if you do that to one cylinder, chances are you will want to do all of them… 


Whatever you do, do not use a sharp knife to delicately scrape away some of the under glaze to leave a thin, uneven line… 


Because if you do this, all this, you will be able to bisque fire the cylinders, apply a liner glaze and fire them again. When that is accomplished, you will have to apply gold luster. Do not do this! (Before the luster is fired, it is a very pretty red color. Like nail polish!)  

But if you apply gold luster, you will find yourself firing for a third time. Three! I wouldn’t do it if I were you. Because later, you would have to carefully sand some of the gold away to get a thin, almost essence of a line on the inside of your cylinders’ rims. Just like you want…  

The thing is, if you do all that, you will find yourself doing things like this… talking to the state of Nebraska about sales taxes, purchasing business insurance in the state of Colorado, lining up shows for next year. Trust me…keep your rims thick and simple. To check my show schedule for the last months of this year, click Here

website and online shop…


August 31, 2015 - Leave a Response

Yes, shop. Put in some late nights and got an online store attached to my website. I also updated the images and words on the site. Had someone proofread…hope it is good to go. You can visit my online store at You can also visit me in my studio today and I will make you a cup of coffee. I am making cream&sugar sets:

The tray will be a slab-built, brown stoneware, not an old blue sponge. Better get started now…

Summer Sale!

July 31, 2015 - Leave a Response

Prices start at $5!  Time to stock up on hostess gifts!  (And don’t forget to treat yourself.)

John has been to the garden. The gallery will look lovely. 



Click here to see my website.

Summer Sale!

July 27, 2015 - Leave a Response

It’s almost August. It’s hot. Time to step into a cool, cool studio and shop! Guest artist,  Anne Mulvihill, will join us  at Rafter E Studio this Saturday. We are setting out work with greatly reduced pricing. Very low prices.  

As our bodies of work evolve, some pieces hang around the studio just a little too long. The ceramics on sale fits mostly  into the categories of discontinued glazes and forms. 

Good for you! An excellent time to stock up on gift items. Shop with no stress now and relax later during the holiday season. (You will save plenty of money to treat yourself.)

Details here… Rafter E Studio

That Damp Box!

July 14, 2015 - One Response

At Rafter E Studio, our damp boxes were made from plant starter cabinets. John replaced the thin, rather unattractive clear plastic with sheets of corrugated, translucent plastic that I happened know about.

Rather handsome damp boxes, yes?

His and Hers…

Nite, nite, little cups and vases. See you tomorrow…

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NCECA 2016. Acceptance!

July 7, 2015 - One Response

Big yay! Our exhibition proposal was selected by NCECA 2016. Learn more about Rafter E Studio 

New: My blog followers receive a 10% discount on all purchases….and occasional free shipping perks. (Through the end of July, free shipping on orders over $100, within continental U.S.) 

Check out the “Purchase” page in the menu of my website:

Des Moines Arts Festival

June 26, 2015 - Leave a Response

Come and get it!   Booth GN17  



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