UPDATE: 24 Hours Later! Delicious! Family says ‘not quite Claussen but close!” In other words, they are a hit!
Taking a short break from pottery today to make pickles. I do not like canning in the late summer because, well, it’s just too hot! So I have been searching for “easy” refrigerator pickle recipes and I am giving this one a try from Beyer Beware.
I tweaked the recipe just a tad.
Now, I wait! No heating up and steaming up the house!
I have been putting off making mugs because I have struggled so with making handles. It has been FIVE years since I made a mug. Well, I wanted to start making them again but wanted to learn whether or not there was a tool available for making handles verses pulling them by hand from a lump of clay. I googled: ‘Tool used for making handles for mugs’. There is a tool for that!!!! So, I bought it!
I bought the Kemper HM2 Mug Handle Maker but it was too small. Personally, I like a big handle on my mug . . . bigger than what the HM2 would make so I bought the Kemper HM1 Pitcher Handle Maker and I’m much happier with that size handle.
Another mug saver is a damp box which I read about here.
“Anyone who has worked with clay knows there is a lot of process involved. Certain things need to be done at certain times. But what do you do if your time and the clay’s time aren’t in sync? ” Meagan Chaney Gumpert
Timing is everything when adding handles to mugs. Both mug and handle have to be at the right dampness. Not too wet. Not too dry. And then, once the mug and handles are attached to each other, they must dry slowly. Not too fast. Not too slow. Otherwise, cracks happen. 😦
Thanks to the inter-web’s search engines, I was able to find a tool for that!
Glazed Bottoms or Bare Naked Bottoms?
These are my newest pieces: free formed shaped bowls made from a slab of clay slumped over a plaster mold. They are becoming my favorite to make; however, when it comes to glazing I cannot decide whether to glaze the bottoms or leave them bare and naked.
Which do you prefer???
Opening the kiln after a glaze firing is pretty exciting. It is as if it where Christmas! I was very pleased with these glaze results minus a few minor clay and glazing technique glitches which I won’t talk about yet. Right now, I’m am enjoying these colors . . . eye candy for the potter!
I am getting ready for my 2nd glaze firing. I am trying to be more meticulous about the glazing process and spread it out over a few days rather than do it ALL in one day. When I try to do ALL in one day, I grow tired and very impatient which is not a good glazing combination! LOL
Because I have thrown larger pieces this season, my usual glazing techniques will not work. My larger pieces are larger than the bucket! So, I went through the house and gathered old rubber maid bins of various sizes and collected other items that I may need plus watched some you tube videos hoping to pick up some new glazing hints and methods. Picked up a few that I hope will help.