Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring Bada Bing, this weekend!

This weekend I will be at the Spring Bada Bing Craft Show in Richmond Virginia. If you are in the area stop by and say hello! It's this Sunday at Planet Zero from 11am-4pm.
I will have some new work out but not as much as I would have liked. I just opened the kiln to find a total disaster. I am so overly paranoid about using new glazes, I tested this one first and it was beautiful so I made a whole bunch of plates with a nicely textured bottom that would look gorgeous under this stony matt glaze. Being so paranoid I didn't want the glaze to run so I made sure to stay far from the bottom and just for a little extra I put all the work on stilts. Well I fire my earthenware pretty high and since I don't normally glaze the bottoms I don't use kiln wash. Needless to say the pots all melted around the stilts, the glaze was not thick enough yet somehow managed to drip on 3 kiln shelves. Yep, 3...with no kiln wash. The pots are beautiful except for the underneath which is a nasty mess of badly applied glaze. Right now I am sitting on the couch, swearing off any more work for the night, giving myself a facial and trying to look at the positive. I really liked the new ice cream bowl set and now they will live in my cabinets plus I think I can make the glazes work. They are really nice when dipped but a hot mess when brushed. I am going to try adding some CMC and Veegum like I put in my other glaze. I really really want them to work since they are a nice satin and dry matt and I want that surface and color in my work! Ok. Enough whining. Shake it off and start again. Anyone have any suggestions for getting glaze off a kiln shelf???
p.s. I will be taking most of my work from the etsy shop with me so if you had your eye on something now is the time to get it while it's still here! I will relist when I get back:)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Spring Etsy Pick

Well I'm back. I had every intention of blogging daily during break but I got all wrapped up in the studio and didn't want to get sucked into computer land so I took a little break from most things computer. So now my break is over and I am back here at the desk typing away. Did you miss me? I missed you. There is something strangely comforting sending your thoughts into the vastness of cyberspace, if your a fellow blogger I'm sure you understand. So let me catch you up on a few things.
1. I have been a busy busy bee working away in the studio trying out some new mold methods and formulating some new glazes. The kiln is full and waiting to be fired tonight so hopefully I will have some pictures by next week to show for all my hard work.
2. If you are in the Richmond 'hood you should come check out the Spring Bada Bing happening this weekend. It's on Sunday and I will share more about that later.
3. In my last post I was tagged to share a few of my favorite blogs so that will also be coming soon.
4. I wanted to share this etsy favorite of mine, a paper pot maker from Wood Elements. I have been debating spending the $25 for a couple of days now. I love the idea of starting plants from seeds and I think this is such an awesome tool. I always have delusions of gardening grandeur at this time of year. I plan to plant veggies and herbs to have a bounty of home grown produce come summer time. Usually I end up with a few herb plants and maybe an overgrown tomato or two. Is it too late to start some seeds?
5. And finally, I have been thinking about re-working my blog to be a little less sporadic and a little more scheduled. It's still coming together though...