Thursday, March 29, 2012

How much are you charging for that mug???

The time, creativity, effort, expense and love that goes into making a piece of pottery...   blah, blah, blah.    Let me just say, it's a total bargain :)

1- Drive to the next town to buy clay
2- Unload heavy boxes of clay into studio
3- Pug and blend clay
4- Weigh out clay
5- attach bat to pottery wheel
6- throw mug
7- cover and wait for mug to get medium leather hard
8- Pull or extrude handle
9- wait for handle to firm up
10- remove mug from bat
11- trim mug
12- attach handle
13- decorate with bisque stamps
14- cover slow dry for a day or two
15- check handle for separation and repair if needed
16- move to green-ware rack until bone dry
17- final check for cracks and clean up
18- load in kiln
19- bisque fire slow for 12 hours
20- wait 24 hours for kiln to cool
21- unload kiln
22- check for imperfections
23- dust off with damp sponge
24- wax bottom 
25- apply detail glaze
26- wax over detail glaze
27- apply full glaze
28- clean off excess glaze
29- let glaze dry over night
30- load mug in kiln
31- glaze fire for 9 hours to 2185 degrees
32- wait 24 hours for kiln to cool
33- unload kiln
34- check for imperfections
35- set up photo stage
36- take photos at all angles
37- measure Height, width and capacity
38- edit photos in photoshop
39- create listing on etsy
40- if it doesn't sell fast enough - re-list on etsy
41- wrap in bubble wrap and box up for shipping
42- order postage and print out label
43- deliver to post office or fed ex (we don't get pickup in our area)
44- follow up with feedback

All designs herein are ©Copyright Cindy Gilliland DirtKicker Pottery is available for purchase on Etsy!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Plaster Bowl for reclaiming throw slurry

I have been thinking about making a plaster slurry bowl for a long time and today was the day.  

I used a wide plastic bowl that I bought at Walmart and a hump mold bowl form that I bought at bigceramicstore.com.  I used about 3 gallons of mixed pottery plaster.

Here is the plaster hump mold.  It came out really smooth and nice.

Here is the bottom of the plaster slurry bowl.   The bottom of the molds came out really nice and smooth.

The inside of the bowl came out with quite a few tiny air pits, but I think it will be fine since it will only be used to reclaim slurry.