Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pottery studio tip - Forbes Wax Resist

I finally ordered a quart of Forbes wax to test it out.

It's fantastic!   It doesn't clump up during application.  It dries super fast.  After it dries it's shiny smooth and not at all sticky.  Brushes wash out with soap and water.

I add a little food coloring to wax resist to help me see the application area.

Forbes is wonderful to use when creating mishima decorations.  It makes surface clean up a breeze.

Sold by Highwater Clays, which is East Coast.  I'm West Coast, which makes the shipping cost actually exceeds the price of the wax, but it's still well worth it.  Best wax I've ever used.

I love this product and highly recommend it.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

patience and mindful creativity

When January 2015 came around I felt that need to present something new for the year.  A new direction, something totally different.  But nothing new came.  I played around making pieces that I've never made before.  I even considered testing out some new clays. 

Rustic Rose Mug - 2010
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Rustic Rose Mug - 2014
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It became clear that my new year urge for creative change wasn't heartfelt.  

Sometimes we have to force ourselves to turn off the voice of ego and turn on the voice of good work.  If we are patient and pay attention, we will see creative change happen naturally.

Aurora Borealis Mug - 2010
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Aurora Borealis Mug - 2011
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Aurora Borealis Mug - 2013
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Aurora Borealis Mug - 2014/15
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It's fun to look back and still appreciate what I made 5 years ago.  It's also inspiring to know that year to year it will continue to morph into somthing new.  


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

Pottery Studio Tip - Modeling Stick / Ruler

This tool is next to my wheel every time 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!