Snowflake tiles

Earlier I posted about some snowflake tiles I was working on.  They are finally completed.

My initial plan was to have glass in the impressed snowflake design, but never having made these before, I wasn’t sure how much glass to use to accomplish that.  Most of them had much more glass than needed on them, but I also like how the glass has melted over the entire tile.  Two of the seven had enough glass that it actually ran off the tile and left a big goober on the bottom.  They should clean up just fine with the grinder, but in the future I’ll have to remember that more isn’t necessarily better. 

Like so many other things in life. 

A few of the tiles are available at the Lanesboro Local and a few will be available at my Holiday Mud and Suds Sale this coming weekend.

Have a great week everybody.

Oblong Baker

A previous customer dropped an oblong baker I’d made for them a few years ago and asked if I’d make a new one. As happens with so many things, my style and techniques evolve over time. Here is the new baker I’ve made for them. I think the handles are much larger than the ones I made years ago and I much prefer the foot. Old pieces would have had a very squared point where the side and bottom of the pot meet. I never really liked that and have focused on making that joining much more subtle by creating a ridge feature instead. Even though it’s not the same as the one they had, I hope they’ll like the new, improved version.

Visit again and be well.

Studio Helper

Sometimes it’s nice having help in the studio. And sometimes, it’s not really helpful. My daughter’s pooch, Snuffles, frequently is by my side while I’m working. Occasionally, she gets her nose a little too close to moving parts or she wanders off with a sponge which apparently makes a fun dog toy. But when she doesn’t feel she’s getting adequate attention, she occasionally likes to get right up in the action. Silly puppy!

In spite of all this help, I’ve continued my efforts to stockpile the items most frequently sold during my summer sales. Throwing in a few fun, creative pieces as the fun wears off making 40 spoon rests in a sitting. I’ve recently been making some plates that start out like a typical thrown salad size plate, but after trimming the foot ring, I reshape the rim to a rounded square shape. I really enjoy the altered shape and think when they’re paired with a thrown dinner plate they make a great place setting. The hardest part is catching them at the right stage of drying to be able to trim the foot ring yet the rim isn’t too dry to cut smoothly with a sharp knife. If it gets too dry, the edge of the rim crumbles and chunks off instead of cutting cleanly. But challenges are part of the fun. Right?

Be well and stop in for a visit again soon.

Tall Vase

A while back I told you about a tall vase I’d custom made for a customer. She was looking for a tall vase to match the previous items she’d ordered and would fit in a perfect location in her home. I’d included a picture of the vase shortly after it had been thrown and while it was sitting drying. Well, that vase has been completed and it turned out gorgeous. Previously it was around 20″ tall, but after drying and firing, it is currently around 18″ tall.

Shrinkage is common in making pottery. When making an item, you always have to consider the size you want it to be when it is completed, know your clays shrinkage rate and then figure the size to make it while the clay is wet. This is also important in making pieces that need lids or other parts that fit together. Thanks for stopping by.