Vases and More

I had a lot of days off of work recently for the holidays as I was able to spend some time throwing in my pottery studio along with completing a glaze firing. These pots had been glazed and waiting to be fired for some time so it was nice to finally finish some projects. This glaze firing took around 9 hours and 30 minutes to reach Cone 7 (cone 6 clay/glaze fired to cone 7). I purchase my clay and glazes at Dick Blick Art Materials in Omaha because it’s too convenient not to have to pay shipping. I have no plans to someday mix my own glazes, I would much rather spend more time throwing clay because that is the best part! I was pretty happy with the results of this firing.

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I’m going to need a lot of vases for all of my flower arrangements this summer!

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I learned a lesson with this butter dish. I was worried about trapping too much air inside of it if I fired it flat on the shelf so I propped up one edge on an extra kiln leg. It ended up deforming slightly so next time I will use three kiln legs to evenly prop it up at the same height. Hopefully then it will stay a true circle.

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Skillshare

In addition to the Skillshare calligraphy class I took with Molly Jacques, I’ve also taken some other amazing classes.

Lettering for Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time with Jessica Hische

Brand Identity: Design Adaptable Branding Systems with Paula Scher

The Possibilities of Instagram: Sharing Your Best Photos with Tyson Wheatley 

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And many many more. If you would like to create a Skillshare account start here. Follow Skillshare on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy

The first time I attempted to try to write something with a calligraphy nib I’m pretty sure I was holding it backwards. I honestly had no clue what I was doing and I could never really find a great resource for learning what to do. Several months ago I came across a Skillshare class called “Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy” by Molly Jacques. Molly explains exactly what to do, what pen nibs/ink to buy and where to buy it from along with providing practice sheets to use with tracing paper until you get the hang of it. Absolutely hands down the most informational and useful online class I’ve ever taken. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve watched all of the videos at least three times. This class comes highly recommended from me!

Here is an example of my calligraphy work (scanned and digitally enhanced) since taking this class.

Summer Calligraphy

I pay $10 per month to be a Skillshare member so I can watch as many tutorials per month that I would like. Follow Molly’s Blog, Instagram and Pinterest. She is absolutely amazing!

New Book: Paper to Petal

Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell with a forward by Martha Stewart. 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand. This book has so many great ideas for making paper flowers! The instructions and details are put together perfectly. Beautiful photos and tons of inspiration!

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