Thursday, July 26, 2018

Making slip for slip trailing on pottery

I've always loved adding slip trail details to my pottery.  I love the texture on the finished pots.    This is how I make my slip.  

Supplies:  
* Clay (I use the same clay body, that I use for making pots)
* A mixing cup or bowl
* Distilled water
* Immersion blender


I shred moist clay 
(helps with dust control


let it dry out completely


Put about 1 cup of distilled water in a mixing cup, then slowly add dry shredded clay until the clay stops absorbing water and a layer of dry clay accumulate above the water line.  Let the clay and water sit for 20 minutes.


Mix with the immersion blender until nice soft peaks happen.  


Store in a wide mouth air-tight container.


squeeze the air out of the slip trail bottle and submerge opening into slip to fill.




Now you're ready to rock the slip trailing.


Some of my recent slip trail work.



On a personal note.. Life has been crazy.   There never seems to be enough time to do the things we want to do.  (humm, wasn't that lyrics to a song?) 

I just celebrated my 56th!   I'm never embarrassed of getting older.  Always thankful for another year of life and proud to be another year wiser.  


me and my sweetheart


This Summer has been busy.   We spent lots of time with the GrandKiddos.  

I spend as much time as I can in the pottery studio.  Hope to have a couple more firings before the Christmas rush.

Hope you all are doing well!   

Love to all,
Cindy

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Love Coffee and Pottery?

I've been trying several different techniques for making Pour-over coffee makers.   I'm kind of obsessed with them at the moment.

I made a little YouTube video showing one of the ways to throw a pour-over.  Click the link and check it out!

LINK to YouTube Pour-Over video



This style I trim the drip catcher


This style, I trim and then throw a drip catcher



Oh.. I've also been making cookies!


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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Catching UP on Glazing

DirtKicker Pottery

So last year I really set myself up for a long term glaze nightmare.

It started last May when my Mom passed away.  I was sad for a long time and I spoiled myself in the studio.  For 8 months I worked only my favorite part of the making process.  I threw on the wheel, hand-built and illustrated on pots.  I didn't glaze or glaze fire and I didn't sell pots.      

So you can imagine what 8 months of making left me with.  Tons of  detail glazing, taking photos, measuring and listing new pottery for sale.   For me, that's the tedious work part of the process.

I don't mind spending a few days glazing, but I do mind spending a few months glazing.

A lot is lost when there is a long stretch between firings.  Ideas are forgotten and inspiration is cloudy.  Also, technique gets rusty and results are not as good as they should be.

Procrastinating the glaze work is not something new for me.  It's been a problem always.

SO FROM NOW ON.. I will not allow my making process to go beyond the number of pieces that it takes to fill "one" glaze kiln.     A promise I'm making to my future self.

I can do this!

My Spring-Summer pottery is finally starting to make it's way out of the glaze kiln.  Now it's time to get it sold and make room for what comes next!


DirtKicker Pottery
Nature Girl Mug

Friday, January 6, 2017

It's been a while and now it's going to be a while longer

Bisque under wraps

Let me just say, 2016 was a very tough year and I'm glad it's over and done.   Even though the year had too many difficulties, none can compare with the loss of my darling Mother in May.   

Last month we had a lot of water and mold damage happen in our home.  Which also affected my health and forced us to turn my pottery studio into a temporary home.  So again, pottery making time is minimal.    The blessing is that my 51 year old kitchen is getting a remodel.    I just wish insurance would have covered more of the cost.   We are having to come out of pocket big time.

My last glaze firing was in April 2016.   I've been making pottery, I just haven't been glazing.    I have probably 3 or 4 kiln loads of bisque.  All one of kind adorable pieces waiting for me to mask and detail glaze.

Not sure when I'll be able to get back to work in the studio. Praying that the kitchen repairs and remodel goes fast.


Sledding Day with Grandkiddos

I'm trying my best to move forward into 2017 with a positive spirit.   I pledge to look for the blessings in each day and face the challenges with faith. 

Love to all and Happy New Year!
*Cindy

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Bisque Stamp Organizer Dream Cart

John designed this custom cart with items purchased from Ikea. Raskog / Fira hybrid.  
I sanded the "Fira" boxes and finished them with heavy duty decoupage and paint.
    
John chopped a "Raskog" cart and fabricated wood clamps to secure the Fira boxes.


We added drawer dividers to help organize 
my hand carved clay stamps


I've been using it for a few months now and it's awesome!   Thank you John!!!!

God has certainly blessed me with a wonderful husband.

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