After my stamp mishap the other day, I decided to order some professional stamps. This way I know they won’t be backwards:
Here are two videos, the first shows me throwing a medium sized bowl. It’s not the most exciting. I’m sure any pottery expert would tell you i was doing it wrong, but I would say that I’m getting the job done. The second video shows how I turn the round bowl shape into the heart shape. After that I have a stamp that says “There’s no place like home” that I push into the slightly dried clay. I thought maybe to target realtors who just closed on a house with their client and want to give them a house warming gift, or for simple thank you or housewarming gifts. If you know any realtors, let em know. I made 10 of them. they’ll be on the Etsy shop if they come out good. I will still need to trim the bottoms, bisque fire them, glaze them, and then fire them again. Long process, but worth it.
I’ll try not to get drunk like I did while I was making the last batch. Maybe that’s why it came out nice though. This time, for the heart bowls, I got some pink, purple, and “rhubarb” colored glaze for the Valentine’s day theme. Finger’s crossed again:
At this point I turned it upside down to apply the wax-resist, so the glaze won’t stick to the bottom of the shelf in the kiln.
Now I’m finally comfortable setting up an Etsy shop. So here it is:
I Bisqued a LOT of pieces yesterday:
I was lucky when I opened the kiln that nothing broke. I went to Trinity Ceramic Supply and picked up a powder form of a Blue Opal Glaze, as well as some Wax Resist – a waxy liquid you paint on the foot to prevent glaze from sticking:
Glaze in powder form is often dangerous to inhale, so I also picked up a respirator mask and gloves:
I added the powder to some water in the garage and mixed it. Then brought the bucket inside to do some dipping:
I’m hoping to get a more even coat this way. And after talking to the guy at the pottery supply shop, I decided to fire to cone 6, with a 10 minute hold. I’m hoping this will result in some “float” – glaze movement.
We’ll see. the kiln is going now and will be ready to open tomorrow afternoon. Fingers crossed.
I thought it’d be nice to add something extra to the heart bowls… So, I found this rubber stamp of a Cupid. I also finished off my yarn holder with some needle holes and yarn holder path. The second and third pictures are of the yarn holder and ring holder I started yesterday. Today I trimmed the bottom and added earring holes around the edge. There is a bunch of stuff in the kiln which is being fired to cone 04 today. Then I’ll be able to glaze, fire, and show off a bunch of finished work.
Last post of the day, I promise. So this happened… I saw another professional potter doing their thing on YouTube. When they finished throwing their ware, they pulled out a stamp with their signature on it and pressed into the clay. Instead of signing each thing manually, I decided to make one for myself. I spent a couple hours on this thing… Very proud… Until I tried it out.