Archive for September, 2013

Tray This!
September 26, 2013

Tea for two. The simple cup has a fancy diamond plate bottom…and a little slit for your tea bag string. The tray is carved and has gnarly chunks of clay on its tiny wire handles.

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Shaker set, anyone? Two tall shakers fit snugly in the tall diamond plate tray. This set also has tiny wire loops.

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After these sets are dry and bisque fired, they will be glazed with white matt and clear gloss. I have three events coming up and will save one set for you!
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Eleven Step Program
September 16, 2013

Almost ready for the Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour.
Meanwhile, eleven steps down and eleven to go on these new covered jars. Tomorrow I will adjust the lids to drop down in the vessels. Then I’ll carve the narrative into the two jars on the left. The jar in the back on the right will have the brick and wire pattern that I use under my amber glaze. Yes, eleven steps to go…minimum. That doesn’t even cover the glazing, the white gold lusters or the three firings ahead!

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How To Make A Pitcher In Eleven Easy Steps
September 4, 2013

First, throw a pot. Most any pot will do…

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Step 2. Do something to the pot. Poke it, pull it, squeeze it, tease it. Something.

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I poked this one five times. See? The wider push out on the left is where the bottom of the handle will go…

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3. Water the flowers…

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…and 4. Look for the cat.

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5. While you are waiting for your pot to dry enough to trim, do other things. Like… load the kiln. (Because you make pots.)

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Or if it’s a nice day, visit Kaufman Garden.

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If it’s hot outside, go to the Nelson and look at a lady who is looking at a painting.

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Or…you could just work on other pots.

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6. Trim your pot. Put the foot ring in just the right place. (You learned how to do this many pots ago.)

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7. Briefly consider your weekend plans.

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8. Somehow, put a spout on your pitcher. I cut a U shape out from the rim down, roll a small slab, and cut a shape from a paper pattern that fits in the U. There is A LOT more to this part but you will figure it out. Don’t worry.

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9. Put a handle on your pot.

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10. Decide how you want to glaze your pitcher and do something, geez… anything to the surface.

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I want my pitcher to have an amber glaze over a brick and wire pattern so I brushed the pattern on with acrylic medium. Shhh… I put food coloring in the medium to see it easier. Don’t tell anyone.

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11. After the acrylic dries, sponge away some of the surface clay. Look, you have just made a pitcher. It doesn’t look like mine but it is a fine pitcher.

Now you have time to make…

20130904-132349.jpg…a set of wheels to roll your kayak to your truck. Because the weekend will be here before you know it!