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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My Pottery Studio

I spent some time in my pottery studio yesterday. It’s been a while so it took a few tries to get the hang of it again. I ruined several pots and started to get frustrated so I took a break, turned on some music and started much slower. Slowing down was key and I was able to make some nice vases. The one thing about having a pottery studio in your house is that it is so unbelievably messy. You feel pressure to create some actual pieces in the end for all the mess you create getting there.

At some point I’ll clean my studio this spring and take pictures of everything. Right now it’s a mess so you’re just left with this sneak peak.

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My Amaco glazes all lined up. I used to order glazes online but now I find it’s much easier to just stop by Dick Blick Art Materials in Omaha for them. I don’t have to worry about them freezing during shipping, etc. They have a nice selection and it makes my life a lot easier. Plus I am just doing pottery for fun and I really don’t every plan on mixing my own glazes.

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My beautiful wedging table that my boyfriend made me for my birthday. IMG_0014

I also buy my clay at Dick Blick because I hate paying to ship clay. Clay comes in 25 lb bags or 50 lb boxes so you can imagine how much that costs to ship. I used to order AMAZING clays online but it was just too much of a hassle trying to order during the winter and paying for shipping. This clay I can buy from the store is nice enough.

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Messy, messy, messy studio! It’s REALLY hard to clean everything in the winter. I usually just haul everything outside and hose it down with a garden hose but that’s kind of hard in the winter. Come spring my pottery studio will look picture perfect!

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I posted a video of one of my vases spinning on my Instagram today. Apparently I can’t insert video as easily as I can photos.

Pottery: Cake Stands

These cake stands are so precious to me. First of all, they were extremely difficult to make and then I was very surprised they made it through the bisque firing. I’ve had them for a long time trying to decide which colors to glaze them. I finally pulled the trigger and went with these colors. What do you think? Success?

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I can’t wait to see how they look with a cake on them!

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