Throwing Things!

I have been doing a lot of throwing lately thanks to the good weather we have had this summer.


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I am currently working on new inventory for my Etsy store including mugs, platters and larger pet bowls!

By the end of September 2017, I will start adding the new inventory to my shop.

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It’s Cucumber Season!

 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.


It’s cucumber season! Doing some pickling today ~ easy refrigerator dill will be ready in 24 hours!

I tweaked the recipe just a tad.

  • I used kosher salt but half of what the recipe called for only because I have read in other recipes to use kosher not iodized salt.
  • Omitted sugar.
  • I used apple cider vinegar instead of regular vinegar.
  • I didn’t have any peppercorns but used equal amounts of ground pepper for the amount of peppercorns called for in the recipe.

Now, I wait! No heating up and steaming up the house!


There’s A Tool For That!

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!

Mug Handle Tools

“The Kemper HM2 Mug Handle Maker is made with stainless steel ends firmly set in smooth hardwood handles. Make handles for mugs with the Kemper HM2. When drawn through a slab of clay, this tool will form a perfectly-shaped strip that you can cut to the correct length and attach to a ceramic piece.”

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.

Mug Handle Tool

Pictured on top is the Kemper HM1 Pitcher Handle maker which I found much more suitable for mugs than the Kemper HM2 Mug Handle maker pictured on the bottom. Both, however, do make nice handles by pulling them through a brick of clay . . .with lots of practice! 😉 Still, easier for me than pulling my handles from a lump of clay

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. 😦

Mug Morning 1

My work this morning! The mug pictured on the right has been in my damp box for over two weeks. It wasn’t until this past weekend that I made a handle with my new tool and attached it to the mug. The mug pictured on the left was made last week and kept safe in my damp box. Today made the handle with my new tool. The four balls of clay pictured on the left will be mugs today and I’ll make the handles tomorrow.


Mug Morning 2

Playing around with different much shapes today! These three on the bats are in the damp box along with two more mugs all awaiting for handles which I will add tomorrow!

Thanks to the inter-web’s search engines, I was able to find a tool for that!

Bottoms. Glazed or Bare?

Glazed Bottoms or Bare Naked Bottoms?

Glazed or Bare

Glazed bottom pictured on the left in large photo and bottom of small photo; Bare naked bottom pictured on the right in the large photo and top of small photo.

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???



Christmas in July

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!