Friday, January 30, 2009

Jan. Classes 2009 Majolica Glaze Low Fire

Aren't these great vibrant colors?

Some slab construction, some pinch pots, coil pots, and baskets.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Majolica Glaze Classes

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Here's the address for pottery tutorials.

Slab Construction

Just thought I would add a link to a site that explains the details of making a box out of clay. We have just recently gone to the BIG City to fetch several new kinds of clay.

The one I tried today worked quite well for box making as you can see in the slide show.

I will try the other kinds of clay also.
Some of the clay and glaze are high fire, some low fire. So we have to be careful to mix and match correctly or things just don't turn out right.
Lots of science and chemistry and physics and all that going on in the pottery shop.

Slide Show of Next Class Ideas

Design your own class.

Just choose from the dates I send out and decide what kind of projects you would like to try.
Find a few others who would like to participate with you or I will put the class out on the e-mail loops. Then we see how it all comes together.
Thanks for looking!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

My First Slide Show on Blog. I did it all myself!!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Items I may sell on Ebay soon....mamamercyme

Inside of the pitcher.

Inside of the vase.

The pistachio mug holds 10 oz.
Hot or cold drinks.
4 1/2 inches tall
3 inches across the cup part.

4 inches high
5 across
Holds 2 cups, hot or cold.
Food safe just in case you want to fill it with coffee.
I might just keep it.


Pitcher in waterfall blues with cinnamon
at base.
Holds 4 cups.
Hot or cold drinks.
6 inches tall
5 inches across

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Butter Bells

Put the softened, not melted, butter in the little one and cold water in the big one. Then set the little one into the big one.
Keeps butter soft for a few weeks. (Oh? I'd use it by then for sure.)
This means that it is spreadable and doesn't get rancid as quickly.
(Oh? I never had any rancid butter, anyway.)
Perhaps this is for use by those who make their own butter and have no refrigeration and like spreadable butter.

Here's a link to explain butter bells:

This one I titled Misfit as it just fits if you turn it to a certain spot. It's so cute. But I really think butter bells are silly.
I may try it anyway.
This one doesn't hold much butter.

On Ebay I am Mamamercyme.....Dear Son #1 named me.

I am attempting to sell on ebay. Quite another learning curve, but why not?

So this is the bottom of the bowl. Signed. MC with a 2 since it took both of us to make this bowl. MC squared.

This bowl holds 3 cups easily. 8 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches.
Blue and green waterfall effect.

This is the Fat Lip Mug.
One of a kind.
Holds about a cup. Blues and greens.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Kitty Napping

Jan Class 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

Jan 2009 Classes

Class info coming soon to an e-mail near you.

Note that classes are two weeks apart, not one week as in the past.

Monday Jan 12 and 26, 2009
10:30 Beginning clay work: one small pinch pot and one coil pot. 45 to 60 minutes.
1:30 Would anyone like to do the sculpting work?
3:00 Slab class.

Other classes to be announced as they come together.

Some of my ideas for this year:
Date night for parents.
Valentines Day: Paint already bisqued items.
Spring time baskets made with coils in spring colors.
Mom and daughter class.
Mother's Day.
Father's Day. (Look for the fish somewhere on this blog. Sculpt guy stuff.)
Generational classes.
Tea time with your class. You bring the goodies, I'll boil the water!

Let me know what you would like and I will see what I can put together.

Beads, slab, pinch and coil pots in the un-bisqued state

This is a simple slab project.

Simple beads can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes and colors.

Un-bisqued coil and pinch pots.

Sculpting Class

Slab construction with added sculpting.

Face mugs and a baking dish which was slab construction.

That's a large slab sculpted with assorted items.

We saw this in a pottery shop.
Wouldn't that be fun inspiration
for something unique?

My father can show you the simple techniques for making cute dogs.

Slab Class

Slab construction means that we take a slab of clay just like pie dough and create something with it. It is my favorite way to play with clay. It takes time, patience, an eye for form and design, and a willingness to crunch the project and start anew. That's my perspective.

The following things have been formed from slabs of clay, then glazed and enjoyed.

Students will spend time learning the basics of thinking through a design, forming the clay, using the glueing techniques, smoothing the rough edges, allowing it to dry properly. After the first firing we will glaze the projects.

Little purse necklaces

Cracker and dip trays


Small leaf dish

More advanced Slab Class