Lime Fiesta

Celebrating Summer

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in About Me, Lime Fiesta, Teabowl | 2 comments

My favorite time of the year is fall so summer has always felt like a long waiting period.  And, in eastern NC, fall doesn’t come until October so the wait is even more prolonged.  Add high heat and humidity, and summer has never been a favorite season of mine. I spent a lot of years in school until I finished my MS, therefore I was accustomed to an academic schedule setting the rhythm of my life rather than seasonal variations.  Essentially, I defined summers by time away from study and work, not by warmer weather.  After I began working full time, I realized that the season had no bearing...

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Sticks and More

Posted by on Jun 17, 2011 in Bowls, Gifts, Lime Fiesta, Mugs | 0 comments

Today, we took new pots to restock inventory at Sticks and More in Snow Hill, NC.  This was the first shop to host pottery by A Bit Off Center.  It is a cute store – actually it is a renovated petroleum station.  Although I am a potter by passion, I work for an environmental consulting firm by day – which means that most of my clients are petroleum retail facilities.  But, none of my project sites have an AST (above ground storage tank) painted pink! Sticks and More is just as adorable inside as it is outside.  They have quite an assortment of fun and unique gifts and they host...

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Cupcake Stands

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011 in Cupcake Stand, Lime Fiesta, Multiples, Spring Snow | 4 comments

“When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.” – Ann Byrn Lime Fiesta Cupcake Stand Detail of Ruffled Rim Pink and Black Cupcake Stand Detail of rim LIme and Green Cupcake Stand Detail of incised lines...

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Considerations and Logistics: Tape Resist

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Casserole, How-to, Lime Fiesta, Taping, Uncategorized | 1 comment

In this series of entries, I am sharing some of the discoveries I am making as I try to add texture to my pots. Some techniques I have been experimenting with are: Slip trailing Carving Brush strokes Tape and wax resist Technical – Again, this has been the easiest of the logistics to resolve.  We have use tape resist on greenware and bisqueware.  Masking tape sticks great to bisqueware.  But for greenware, it is easier to use strips of newspaper.  Wet the newspaper, then apply like tape and underglaze exposed areas.  (This is how the small casserole was glazed.) Method – There are so many...

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Considerations and Logistics: Slip Trailing

Posted by on Apr 9, 2011 in Casserole, How-to, Lime Fiesta, Mugs, Slip Trailing, Spring Snow, Surface Decoration | 4 comments

Insight:  Embellishing the pot surface is more complex than simply adding slip or carving a design. As with most things, one decision impacts several others  which means that there are several considerations and some logistics to work through as I incorporate textural elements into the pots. Among the many surface embellishments that we have been experimenting with are: Slip trailing Carving Brush strokes Tape and wax resist Implementation of each of these techniques has challenged technique, method, glaze response, and design. Technical – This has been the easiest of the logistics to...

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Surface Embellishment

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Glazes, Lime Fiesta, Mugs, Philosophy, Pottery, Spring Snow, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Surface decoration is my current focus.  This is proving to be challenging because it is stretching my drawing and design skills.  Also, it is forcing me to reconsider the glaze combinations that we worked hard to develop.  It is easy to cling to something because of the time and effort it cost.  And, it is hard to ask something that is good to be better. Last year, we focused on developing glaze combinations.  And, I think there are several successful combinations.  Even so, as I was working on some teapots at Christmas, I began to feel like my teapots are flat.  I want my pots to host...

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