Recipe for Dessert Plates

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in How-to, Plates, Throwing | 0 comments

When I make a new pot (a new design or different form), I consider several things: Glazes (yes, this is a consideration from the beginning) Pot function Pot scale Foot, rim, and appendages Part of the design process is working out the logistics; and, taking notes makes it easier to keep track of those logistics.  In order to make pots efficiently, I need to know some basic stats (weight and size).  And, as I don’t remember details well, I keep the information corralled in a notebook.  For me, this one of the most important parts of developing/designing a pot.  For example, last year, when I...

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A Potter’s Most Valuable Skill

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Carving, Creamer and Sugar Set, Critique, Glazes, How-to, Plates, Slip Trailing, Surface Decoration | 0 comments

The most beneficial thing that I have gained by attending workshops is participating in critiques.  And, although subjecting my pots to open opinion was uncomfortable, I have had really positive experiences and gained a lot of insight. Self-critiquing is a powerful skill that is worth incorporating.  Since I have been conducting self-critiques and critiques with Julie, I am more cognizant and focused about what I want to make.  I have begun to balance awareness of my weaknesses with recognition of my strengths.  And, I know what I want to do and what I want to try which makes me feel more...

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Considerations and Logistics: Brush Strokes

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Bowls, Brush Strokes, How-to, Mugs, Plates, Red and White, Resist, Spring Snow, Tools | 0 comments

In this series of entries, I am sharing some of the discoveries I am making as I try to add texture and interest to my pots. Some techniques I have been experimenting with are: Slip trailing Carving Brush strokes Tape and wax resist Technical – Technical logistics include types of glazes and brushes.  Although this has been the easiest of the logistics to resolve, it eluded us for a while.  We kept trying to paint fine lines with thick brushes – that doesn’t work.  Fine lines require very fine brushes. Method – The preferred method is to paint underglaze on greenware  because it can be wiped...

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Homemade meals, homemade pots

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Bowls, Dinnerware, Plates, Spring Snow | 0 comments

“Two other fashions (read: plagues) I’d like to see go away this year are the omnipresence of white plates (someone please have mercy) and cheap, uncomfortable restaurant chairs.  I’d give anything to walk into a restaurant with rich, dark, plush furnishings that make you want to sit in them for hours and eat off some china with a bit of personality.”     – Laura Calder (Cookbook author) Finally!  Some one who agrees with me! White plates may be great for photographs but they do little for the dining experience. I really like to cook and I love to feed people.  And, since I...

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Set and Match

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Bowls, Dinnerware, How-to, Multiples, Orders, Plates, Pottery, Selling Pottery, Throwing, Tools | 0 comments

We finished a commissioned order of dinnerware which included 16 dinner plates, 12 salad plates, 12 bread plates, 12 cereal bowls, and 12 chili bowls.  So I wanted to review some things that we learned while making the dinnerware order. A successful set is uniform, stack wells, and relates to the other pieces in the series. In order to make uniform pieces, we developed a ‘recipe’ for each piece by identifying the critical measurements in each of the pots. For example – dinner plate: 5.5 lbs of clay Open to 10 inches wide Pull rim to 2 inches Round the rim with chamois Final plate...

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Guess who’s coming to dinner

Posted by on Feb 7, 2011 in Bowls, Dinnerware, Glazes, Multiples, Plates, Pottery, Selling Pottery, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re done!  Julie and I finished the commissioned dinnerware set.    What a fun project.  It looks really good and we are excited to deliver it to our client.  65 pieces – 16 dinner plates, 12 salad plates, 12 bread plates, 12 cereal bowls, 12 chili bowls, and a serving bowl. Making sets of 12 was challenging.   The pieces needed to be similar and stackable – how else would you store 24 bowls? There were several unforeseen challenges.  When we began making dinner plates, we had to bring several tables into Firetower Studio West in order to have space to let them dry.  The rims had a...

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