Sunday, September 13, 2009

Custom Wedding Gift

It is always exciting when I have clients with great taste and good ideas! Here is a custom order clock perfect for those newlyweds. Whether it is 9 am or 9pm, this clock always gives you a gentle reminder to fill you time with love!

Monday, September 7, 2009

New Glazes - Need help naming them

So, after a full summer of glaze testing, I have come out with only two new winners and some tweaking to my old favorites. I had a lot of colors look great on those little test tiles but then look terrible once they were on a larger vertical surface.

After glaze firing my favorite new test glazes onto real pots, I finally understood that most recipes are for dipping pots into a large drum of glaze to give your piece an even heavy coating. I usually dip my test tiles because they are so little and I am lazy. I don't have to keep rewashing brushes if I dip. dipping my test tiles, I was reproducing a technique and end product that didn't reflect how I typically work.

When I glaze my work, I prefer to hand brush the glazes to get more inconsistencies while still getting full coverage. I prefer the aesthetic of having each piece visually look handmade rather than aiming for the perfection that reminds me of mass production.

In the end, I was most successful with using my standard base glaze but altering the additives. Here is a shot of a red iron oxide/cobalt mix that I think is a keeper. Now I need some help giving it a name. Any suggestions for the brown glaze?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Labor Day Hot Weekend Deals on Etsy

I am so pleased that marymary chose my shop to feature for Etsy's Labor Day Hot Weekend Deals.

Before applying, I went through the whole debate in my mind: Will having a sale devalue my work? Does it make my shop look desperate for a sale, Do I look fat in this dress? Wait a minute... Then I took the leap and offered 10% off every item in my Etsy shop.

For me, this is a great way to get my work out there. I always love shipping off an item because it frees up space in my small home studio for new and fresh work. This time though, I want to free up the space for other reasons. I am having my home renovated so it will be much easier to ship off a bunch of pottery than have to try to store it while our walls and ceilings are being torn apart.

Now is the time to save some cash while getting a lot of great stuff. Find the labor day deals in my shop and many others Here from Sept 3 - 7th.

I think I'm going shopping too!