Friday, February 6, 2015

Loving the Pour-Over Coffee Makers

I love coffee, so when I saw Eva Champagne's pour over article in the 2/15 issue of PMI, I immediately thought back to the plastic pour-over I used in the early 90's.   It was ugly, but it made a decent cup of joe.  A handmade pottery pour over is a huge improvement in both appearence and function.

Pour over drip coffee maker 
by DirtKicker Pottery

There's just something about making coffee with handmade pottery.  It's very satisfying and cozy.

I made my pour overs kind of big, because I usually make generous size mugs.    

It worked great. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

First Glaze in new Kiln

L&L Easy Fire e28S - (aka Mule)

First glaze firing is done.  My 9 hour firing schedule finished in 8 hours 35 minutes.  The moment of truth will be Thursday morning.  I'm trying to not have  great expectations, since calibrations have been a lengthy and ongoing challenge.   BTW This kiln has officially been named "Mule".. very fitting.  

I really like the size of this kiln.  6.8 cubic feet.  Not too big, not too small.   It's the same width as my e28T, so I'm able to use my old Advancer shelves in both kilns.

Studio Tip
This tool is next to my wheel everytime I throw.  I use it to under-cut fresh pots and to check height and width.

Just take a simple wood modeling stick, measure out each inch and label with a Sharpie.   

Ruled modeling stick


Friday, January 30, 2015

Updated Website

My website got a total makeover.  It's light and cheerful.  John did a fantastic job.  He's such a sweetheart.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bowls for St. Jude's and Studio Tips

My next kiln opening will include several bowls from my "Praise Him" series.   100% of the sell proceeds are donated to help the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  

"Believe" Inspirational Bowl

"Praise Him" 

* A couple little studio tips *

Last year I started taking photos of my fresh pots with detail notes.  I keep the photos in my studio binder.   Very helpful for consistency in size and form.   

A great way to de-warp bats.   A weekend squished between a concrete floor and a Shimpo banding wheel.  Works best if you lightly sponge the surface first.

Hope you all have a great clay day!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The First Week of 2015

Hey Grandma, Can I have that big box?
L&L Kiln box is a fort waiting to happen

It's been a great week with "The Three".  Tomorrow is the last day of our week long vacation together.  I'm trying to think of somthing special for us to do, but the entire week has been pretty darn fun and very special to me.    My Grandkids have my heart wrapped around them very tight.

This snow bank is now officially the planet "Hoth" from Star Wars.  

A Tie-Fighter Sqaud made from Legos

Painting with water colors and making up our own blues songs

Monday morning I'll be back in the studio making pottery and missing these amazing kids like crazy.  

I am so blessed!

Friday, January 2, 2015

What is an Acceptable Witness Cone Bend?

In the Book "The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes" John Britt writes about reading cones,  "The perfect arch of self-supporting cones is when it is bent to the top of the flared triangular base". He goes further into the subject with illustrations, photos and lots of great information.  If you don't already have John's new book, you need to stop what you're doing and order it right now. 

I found this video from Orton. It was very enlightening.

I'm still working on calibrating the new kiln. 

Lining up a good view through the peep hole