Posts made in September, 2013

First Place!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Craft Show | 0 comments

This is show season.  Although, we participate in shows throughout the year, the fall is our busy time.  And, this year, we have a full docket. Our most recent show was in Fayetteville at the International Folk Festival where A Bit Off Center won first place for quality of work and display!  It was really an exciting surprise that was accompanied by a certificate and a...

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The Autumnal Equinox

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Dinnerware | 1 comment

It is the first day of fall.  I love the balance of the day – equal dark and equal light.  It is also the start of my favorite time of year.  After our bible study, I spent the day with family and friends.  I cooked and we all watched football.  I feel a bit guilty since I didn’t work in the studio at all.  I had planned to make some bowls and maybe even some apple bakers.  But the games were fun and a nap was needed.  I will get back into the studio tomorrow after I am done celebrating the arrival of fall.

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Green Crackle Dinneware

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Dinnerware | 0 comments

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Blue Dinnerware with Leaves

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Dinnerware | 0 comments

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Fake Snow

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Maintenance | 2 comments

Part of studio maintenance includes cleaning kiln shelves.  This is a messy job and not one of my favorites.  I use an angle grinder with a masonry blade to remove all the kiln wash which kicks up a ton of dust.  I wear a face mask, ear plugs, and protective eye-ware; I also wear a bandanna around my hair to keep the dust out.  It is quite the ordeal so I when I do scape shelves, I do all of them.   Here’s my process: Get dressed in shelf scraping outfit Gather all the shelves Use angle grinder to remove all kiln wash and glaze If glaze has bled into the shelf, I grind it until it is completely gone Once the shelves are bare of kiln wash, I wipe them down with a large, moist sponge I allow the shelve to dry before applying a thin layer of kiln wash I apply a layer kiln wash and allow it to dry approximately 10 minutes I apply 2-3 layers of kiln wash I allow the shelves to dry completely (at least a day) before using them in a bisque fire I have been using Jeff Campana’s kiln wash recipe.  The first few times, the kiln was was very thick and cracked quickly.  This time, I thinned the kiln wash and sieved it before applying it to the shelves.  So far, no cracks have...

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