Autumnal Equinox

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 in About Me, Teapot | 5 comments

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”                                                  - Emily Bronte Happy Fall!  Today is the first official day of fall and I am so excited.  In fact, I have hung a harvest wreath on the front door and bought some beautiful red flowers to put on the table because this is my favorite time of year. The changing season brings certain rituals that I enjoy.  I make soups, set out decorations, light candles in the evenings, buy mums for the deck, drink tea, etc.  But, there isn’t much that changes in the studio....

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Teapot Photos

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Teapot | 0 comments

great camera + talented photographers = beautiful photos Special thanks and appreciation to A La Mode...

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Timing is everything

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in How-to, Teapot | 1 comment

Timing is critical in life and especially in pottery.  After I had taken pottery classes for a while, I realized that if I wanted to make better pots I had to do two things: practice more and control the drying time. But no matter how well-thrown a pot is, if the drying time is not controlled, then the pot will never be as good as it can be.  If pots are dried too quickly, they can crack and attachments can pop off; and, it is impossible to trim a dry pot well.  However, working on a pot that is too wet will cause the pot to be distorted or damaged.  It is a delicate balance. Because of the...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in About Me, Teapot | 0 comments

Teapots are among my favorite pots to make – right behind mugs.  So when there were enough potters at the art center who expressed interest in making teapots, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to spend six weeks sharing ideas and tips about teapots. A teapot is part of my daily routine.  I look forward to morning coffee very much; but, as I rarely drink coffee later than mid-morning, tea is often my choice.  And, I get a lot of enjoyment from making it in a teapot. Teapots are not teakettles.  The teapot is for brewing tea, not boiling water.  I get this question A LOT at craft...

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A Brief Study of Teapots

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Teapot | 0 comments


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Considerations and Logistics: Carving

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Carving, Creamer and Sugar Set, How-to, Peaceful Meadow, Teapot, Tools | 4 comments

In this series of blog entries, I am sharing some of the discoveries I am making as I try to add texture to my pots. Carving is one of the techniques I have been using recently.  When I began carving on the pots, I quickly recognized that no choice is made in a vacuum – other factors must be considered. Technical – Again, this has been the easiest of the logistics to resolve.  It includes carving at the appropriate point of dryness – too dry and the carving chips; too wet and the pot is gouged. Method – Factors that I want to control when carving are width and depth of the lines. ...

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