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Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in About Me, Firing | 0 comments

Thanksgiving 2011 has come to a conclusion.  And, I have so much that I am thankful for – salvation, my husband, family, friends, my dog, our home, health.   I am also thankful for ceramics.  I love engaging with clay and the ceramic process.  I am also thankful for my studio, wheels, and kiln – all of which are blessings beyond what I could have asked for.  However, like most things, I don’t realize how much I take for granted until something goes awry.  Both Julie and I have L&L kilns – which have been fantastic.  However, my kiln failed a few weeks ago during a...

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Waxing… and waxing

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011 in A Bit Off Center, Firing, Multiples | 2 comments

We are getting ready for a marathon glazing session which means there is a lot of waxing to be done…

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And so it goes…

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Bowls, Firing | 2 comments

We had a bit of a tragedy this week.  Two 10lb bowls exploded in the bisque firing.  It was unfortunate because they were made with reclaimed clay – which meant all that wedging was wasted!  I’m not sure what caused the explosion – maybe an air pocket but it is more likely that the weight of one bowl damaged the other. If you want to be a potter, you have to be ready for some loss.  Pots break.  Sometimes they are ruined by unforeseen forces (glaze chemistry or kiln failure) or by result of experimentation.  And, sometimes they are damaged by carelessness or stupidity.  I have a very long...

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