Friday, April 18, 2014

Which kitty will she choose?

OK, shipping isn't 100% safe.  A well-bubble-wrapped tumbler broke on its way to its new home.  So I made a couple of replacement options.

One is squared off at the top, and the other is triangular, like the rest of the set.

Choose me mom!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Knitting Bowls

In the foreground are 2 knitting bowls awaiting the glaze firing.
A finished bowl to hold a ball of yarn, and let you run the yarn through the curl cut in the bowl...either for knitting or crocheting.  Other colors of bowls are also going to be for sale soon at the Tailgate Market in Black Mountain.  It opens on May 3 this year, same location behind the First Baptist Church at 200 Montreat Ave.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Discussing the results

Whenever a piece comes out of the kiln, we enjoy looking at the results, and talking about what we did, how we did it, and maybe how we'd like to do it differently in the future.  A critique from fellow potters is always positive and encouraging at Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio.  Check for class schedules at their blog HERE

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eggshell over Little Loafers

A friend liked the glaze which she had on a very large bowl, so I've tried to do the same on these smaller bowls for her.

Little Loafers is a nice whitish cone six clay...from Highwater Clays in Asheville.

Eggshell is one of the studio glazes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts clay studio.  And the turquoise on the rim is another glaze called Mexico, which is in very short supply these days.  Shortage of Mexico glaze is directly proportional to the cost of one of the chemicals which make up this color, namely tin.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Big Vase is Finished

The glaze looks so different when it has been fired, where it was just this chalky looking stuff before hand.  Tomorrow I'll show you how those bowls look after the 2200 degree Fahrenheit firing is finished.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Caught you teaching!

Since I don't attend his class, I don't usually get to see Charles teaching.  But here he's showing a diagram of something Lynda asked about.  Paula and Mathilda are busy working at the table.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sharing with friends

Paula and Pat are sharing together the results of their creativity.