New from the Kiln this Morning

I was up bright and early this morning to unload a kiln full of glazed pieces. Didn’t even wait until I had breakfast first!! There were some very fun pieces in there and I couldn’t wait to see how they turned out. I’ve very pleased. Check them out…

Iron Red oblong vase with slip design
Glossy Green and Black reed diffuser
Glossy Green and White handled bowl
Glossy Green and Black Mugs
Sapphire Blue and White oblong platter

Most of these pieces will be available at the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour next weekend. Later, anything that hasn’t sold will make it’s way to my Etsy shop.

The kiln has been reloaded and I hope the things in this load will turn out as well as the one this morning.

Mugs & stuff

I spent a little time this morning pulling handles for a couple dozen mugs I made earlier this week. Many potters hate making mugs because they don’t like making handles. It’s definitely not my favorite thing to do, but I’ve got a process now that works better for me so I don’t hate making them.

Because it’s about -14 outside today (that’s said 14 below if your from a place that doesn’t see temps like that), I’ve got my faithful companion Snuffles in the studio for the day. She’s a funny dog, but very demanding of attention. Silly puppy.

This afternoon, I’m working a shift at the Market on Oak with my friend Janie. It’s a little slow after the holidays but we have fun and there are delicious chocolates to snack on!! Stop in and see us if you out and about in the frigid Minnesota weather. There are lots of new Spring items to help you forget the cold and snow.

Be well and keep warm.

Glaze Load

I opened the kiln to empty a glaze load today. As so often happens, some pieces are just OK and others exceeded my expectations. Maybe my expectations are too low, but it saves being overly disappointed if things don’t go as expected. This load had a couple shelves of mugs which I’d been running dangerously low on. Here is a pair I really liked from this load.

This load also had several wine bottle coasters which is something fairly new in my line. They are slightly larger around than a wine bottle and keep the drips that run down the bottle from staining your table. I hate when that happens and I’m banking on other people do too. They are also good fillers between larger things in the kiln. Check this one out. It’s kinda hard to see the design on the coaster, but it is the same beige color as the mugs with iron red dots around the rim.

Well, back to glazing for me. Visit again soon.