Thursday, February 4, 2016

watercolor doodles and pottery design

My first blog post of the year.  It's been a slow start, but I'm sputtering along.  January 1st I re-injured my neck.  It's just not wise to push a shopping cart full of groceries through snow, especially when you have 2 bulging discs in your neck.  It set me back for a few weeks.    

Along with my 4 sisters, I have been assisting with the care of my 93 year old Momma.  Caring for an elderly parent is difficult.  Dementia is setting in rapidly and it utterly breaks my heart to see her drifting away mentally and physically.  

Even though my time in the studio has been limited, I have gained a renewed appreciation for working with clay.  I savor every day that I get to be in the studio making pottery.

When I'm not in the studio, I still have thoughts of pottery swirling around in my head.   Sketchbooks are an awesome way for me to preserve those design ideas.
I like to use watercolor with my sketchbook doodles as a way to try-on color with design. I enjoy the unexpected effects of watercolor.  
5 sisters mug
by DirtKicker Pottery

Watercolor pencils are great because they're tidy to use and they travel well. 


I am still making pottery.  Very heartfelt pottery.   The process is just taking a while longer these days.

Love and peace to all in this new year.

All photos, content and designs are owned by and ©copyright Cindy Gilliland 2016.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hand-Held Citrus Juicers - Wheel Thrown Citrus Reamer


I've been using a wooden citrus reamer for many years, so of course the thought of making one from clay has been in the back of my mind. These cuties are what I came up with.   I love designing new things to make. 
Besides being extra cute, they work awesome.  The first twist loosens the seeds for removal.  Then squeeze the cirtus onto the reamer and twist away for lots of juice and pulp.  
Making the reamer involves both wheel throwing and attaching sections.  A bit time consuming, but the results are a convenient and adorable kitchen tool.
These juicers stand on the handle end and would look sweet in any kitchen.
Check out my DirtKicker Pottery Etsy Shop for pottery that will catch your eye and capture your heart.

All photos, content and designs herein are owned by and copyright ©Cindy Gilliland 2015.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Inspiration

White Echinacea 
at DirtKicker Ranch

Such awesome inspiration God gives us
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Goodbye Blocks - Hello Shimpo Extension Legs

Legs for the Shimpo Whisper.  

I've been throwing standing for nearly 5 years now.  It was a change that saved my back.  Once I began standing at the wheel, my back pain was greatly reduced.
Shimpo designed these leg extensions right.  The legs look sleek, but they are totally sturdy and stable!  The height is adjustable too.
It's so much easier to keep my wheel area clean.

An early birthday gift to myself.  I give these Shimpo Extension Legs 5 Stars :)

This was my old set up.  Glad to be rid of the klonky garden blocks.


All photos, content and designs herein are owned by and copyright ©Cindy Gilliland 2015.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Handmade Coffee Scoops and Kitchen Scoops - By DirtKicker Pottery

Making scoops is a fun way for me to relax and experiment with new decorating ideas.

My scoops are handmade from silky smooth porcelain clay.

I make them in 4 sizes
Small, Medium, Large and.......

Mega-Large!
This big scoop can be used similar to a ladle or serving spoon.  Perfect for serving thick soups or chili.


Honey Bee Scoop

I like to put a little hole in the handle so the scoops can be displayed when not in use.

Coffee Scoop
by DirtKicker Pottery
  
DirtKicker Pottery Scoops are adorable and full of personality.  Currently available for purchase in my DirtKicker Pottery Etsy Shop.

All designs, photos and content are ©copyright Cindy Gilliland 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Concrete Wedging Block - Pottery Studio Kneading Table

Last year we poured a big concrete patio.  John built a smooth form and we poured a concrete wedging block.  


I finally retired the old plaster block.  It was very worn, plus it wouldn't let go of the red clay contamination.

This new concrete wedging block Rocks!  I love it.  No red clay allowed.

Thanks to my Sweetheart (John) for making it for me.

All photos, content and designs are ©copyright Cindy Gilliland 2015.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Microwave Egg Cooker by DirtKicker Pottery



Microwave Egg Cooker 

DirtKicker Pottery Egg Cookers are a cute and convenient way to make breakfast.  Total prep and cooking time is less than 5 minutes (4 minutes if you've already had a cup of coffee).  Many people are surprised to learn that microwave scrambled eggs are awesome!  They are fluffy and tasty.  
My husband John will demo in the photos below how he makes a fantastic Scrambled Egg Breakfast Sandwich..

 1 large egg and 1 tbsp of milk

Mix it up.  At this point you could add goodies like diced bell pepper or turkey bacon.

Place in microwave with lid on and set for 30 seconds.  (no longer!)

After 30 seconds remove from microwave and give it a stir.  Then place back in the microwave for 30 more seconds.  Toward the end, the lid might lift a little and that's OK.  (If the eggs are not fully cooked increase cooking time by 5 seconds)

After the egg is cooked, season with lemon pepper or what ever you like.
Serve on a toasted wheat English muffin.  OR..

..add a pinch of shredded cheese, set the lid back on and the cheese will melt from the heat of the egg.    Yumm!  

Egg Cooker in Mint Green


Check out my DirtKicker Pottery Etsy Shop for Egg Cookers and other fun handmade pottery.

All photos, content and designs are ©copyright Cindy Gilliland 2015