Friday, October 31, 2008

Face Mug

This one sold. But you should see
the birthday candle holder that Mike made.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Slab and Sculpting

Advanced slab construction

Simple Sculpting
My dad, 78, did these.
He's always had a creative bent.

Ornaments and mugs from slab construction

Just like cookie dough.

Advanced slab construction

For your green-fix.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Leaf Bowl, Vase and Questions

Slab Work in Leaf Shape

To those of you who asked pottery questions, here goes:

Appropriate Age range:

Well, it depends. My dad who is nearly 80 creates pottery stuff
nearly every week. My grandchildren, ages 2 and 4, do this quite often

I think that children over 7 have the attention span and abilities to
not need constant individual attention and that is why I put the age
of 7 in my guidelines. Yet, I am flexible. If a Mom, Dad, Grandma,
Grandpa, big sister or brother, etc. want to come to be the helper for
a little one, it might or might not work. Who knows? Write to me, or call and I
can let you know if I can flex, or if I cannot. OK?

I am trying a parent participation type class with younger ones for
the Glazing Only Class. Meaning that they glaze already bisqued
pieces, like ornaments or smallish stuff.

The glazes we use change color when they are put in the kiln. Some
of them do not resemble what they will be at all. Some do. I try to
imagine what the colors will be and how they will blend. You could
get a color wheel, or look one up on the net and study color

If you meant how many different ages can I have in one class, I think
that's pretty flexible also. It is group instruction, yet individuals
create their own pieces. Again, call me with specific ideas and we
shall see what could be worked out.

What is a pinch pot?
You take a ball of clay and pinch it into a pot.

What is a coil pot?
You make snakes and pinch, seal them together and form them into
something. I have made little baskets with this design. I am sure
there are many varieties of things to make with this method. Our son
made a coffee cup with this method.

Slab construction:
Sort of like pie dough only thicker and easier to handle I think.
Then you shape it into cups, pie plates, pocket wall hanger, vases, etc.

The wheel takes hours and hours of time to become competent. That's another topic for another time. We do have a kick wheel and an electric wheel but no classes yet in this.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Design your own time for classes

Pottery Classes: Design your own time. Classes need to be one to two weeks apart in order to get the firing done. Preferably 2 to 4 students per class.

Basic Intro Class $10.00 per child for the two sessions.
1 Make one small coil pot and one small pinch pot
2 Glaze those projects

Beads $10.00 per student -- about 45 minutes
Day 1 Make 5 to 10 beads
Day 2 Glaze those beads

Pocket Wall Hanger or Pie Plate Class $15.00 per student -- about 45 to 60 minutes.
Day 1 Make wall hanger or pie plate
Day 2 Glaze those projects

Simple Sculpting $10.00 per student -- about 45 minutes
Day 1 Make something
Day 2 Glaze it

Glaze our already made pieces---$5 to $20.00
Day 1 Glaze for an hour. (Paint the ornament, bowl, or other object.)

Intermediate Intro Class --- 60 minute classes ---- $30.00
Day 1 Make pinch pots and coil pots (3 projects)
Day 2 Glaze those projects
Day 3 Make slab projects
Day 4 Glaze those projects

Classes are for age 7 and up. We prefer to have a class of 3 to 4 students, if possible. Each project takes two firings in our kilns. Thus, the classes need to be a week apart at least. Flexible time frames: call us. Also schedule in a time for picking up your piece after it has been fired the second time.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

  • Fun Container

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Butter Bell

Butter Bell

This is a butter bell. Put softened butter into the smaller cup and cold water in the larger cup. This supposedly keeps the butter from going rancid and can be kept on the table. The water seals out oxygen and thus keeps the butter at room temp and softened. We shall see.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008