Thursday, March 4, 2010

Makeshift Drying Cabinet for Pottery - Studio Tip

I'm having better luck with the porcelain.  Actually it's not so much better luck, but learning to work with the quirks of porcelain. I used one of my metal racks and made a makeshift drying cabinet.

 Heavy plastic, packing tape and velcro... Voila :)

UPDATE:   After a year I scrapped the velcro. I converted the door seal to close with
 "rare earth" magnets instead.  I used packing tape to secure them.  It works fantastic!

Creating an environment where the piece can dry evenly is key. I haven't had one cracked or warped pot since I started using the drying cabinet.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Kicking the Red Dirt

Laguna Hawaiian Red Clay is rough grog.  It stains my hands.  It's a mess to clean up..  But I love the results.  
It was such a nice day today.  I had the studio doors open and a honey bee flew in and buzzed around for a while.. It was nice to have some company :) 

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Custom Salt Cellar for Polish Bread, Salt and Wine Ceremony

Polish Wedding Salt and Wine Ceremony - Salt Jar
by DirtKicker Pottery

I'm working on a custom request for a Polish wedding.  A salt cellar.   I have taken design direction from the Sister of the Bride.   I made three for her to choose from.  It will be glazed in a plum purple with some light iridescent accents.    These are the three contenders.  Which would you choose?  OK.. Be nice.

They like this last one the best.  I sure hope it comes out of the kiln looking pretty.