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!

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.

All photos, design and content herein is owned by and ©cindygilliland2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

words on pottery

Faith Hope Love Mug

Summer has been a productive time in the studio.  Lots of flowers and ladybugs for inspiration. 
Stamped letters
Believe Mug

I like inscribing words on some of my pots.  Inspiring or positive words. I use letter stamps, but sometimes the feeling is best conveyed if the word is handwritten. 
Handwriting on pottery

Anyone who has tried it, knows that handwriting on clay can be a little tricky.  I find that medium leather hard clay works best for handwriting.  Try not to over-think placement, size etc.  Just let the word flow spontaneously and natural.

Faith Mug

Give it a try.  It's fun!

Peace & Love to all.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

my Mom

Marjorie Lorraine
1923 -2016

My precious Momma is now resting in God's care.  She was the Mother of 12 children.   She lived 93 years.  She died at home with her children all around her.

My sisters and I cared for Mom in her home.   On the days I spent with her, I would always bring my sketch pad.  I would sit next to Mom on the sofa and she would watch me design pottery.
One day we designed a mug together.
Mom's "Are You Ready?"
Mug Design

Mom loved to witness for God.  She would ask anyone and everyone "Are you ready?"  That would open the door for her to tell the world about Jesus and God's promise of eternal life.  
Our mug came out of the kiln 2 weeks before she left us.   She loved it. 

My heart is broken and I'll miss her forever.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Firing an Empty Kiln vs. Firing a Full Kiln / Kiln Tune-UP

My electric kiln is 10 years old and the thermocouples had never been replaced.  Last year I started making thermocouple adjustments to account for drift. So, when my elements wore-out I figured it was time for a little tune-up.

Cone results PRIOR to tune-up.
Kind of wack-a-do.

John and I replaced the elements, thermocouples, relays and 2 power terminals that had crumbled.   I ran an ^04 slow bisque to burn-in the elements.  Then I ran an empty ^5.5 slow glaze test-fire to confirm that the kiln was firing in the ballpark of my target temp.  

Cone results for ^5.5 Glaze test-fire 
of EMPTY kiln after tune-up.  

The Empty test-fire was a little warm, but still in the ballpark of ^5.5. 

Next, I fired a ^5.5 slow glaze test-fire loaded with pottery.

Cone results for ^5.5 Glaze test fire 
of FULLY LOADED kiln after tune-up.

The load fired on the hot side of ^5.5.  I'm going to make thermocouple adjustments to slightly cool all 3 sections.  Next glaze fire should be perfecto.

If you have ever asked the question.. Does an empty kiln fire hotter or cooler than a fully loaded kiln?   According to my testing, the results were very similar.

I probably should have titled this post "Tales of a Witness Cone Nerd".