Sunday, January 25, 2015

Weekend Update

I have a new book! Don't you love the 500 series from Lark? Last night was the Carolina Claymatters Guild, post holiday meeting/party. Everyone gets a ticket upon arrival and after dinner they draw numbers for prizes. Everyone goes home with something, either a new pottery tool or book. I was so excited to receive this book.

Before heading to the party, Jeff took down the door to the kiln. It wasn't as exciting as some firings, the majority of the shelves were filled with green and white piggy banks. This is our first wholesale order for UncommonGoods in NY. We didn't unload them all but so far they look great. I did manage to get a few new bowls in the kiln. I have made the altered rim bowls in the past, this is the first time that I incorporated the Korean stamps into them.

Today it's back to building piggy banks. Happy Sunday y'all.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our 15 minutes of fame...

actually it's more like 3 minutes!

 Richard Green, from Time Warner Cable News, spent some time with us yesterday afternoon filming for a segment of "Made in the Carolinas".

 We were in the middle of loading the gas kiln, which isn't too exciting, but Jeff stopped and threw some pots. I am not sure when this episode will run, but it will also be posted on youtube.

While walking back and forth from the studio to the kiln, I noticed that the daffodils are starting to peek out of the ground. I have been in North Carolina nearly five years and I still find it so exciting when I see this in January! We've had some gorgeous weather with temps hovering in the low to mid 60's. Perfect weather for getting the kiln loaded.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vessel Sink Making

Jeff has started off the new year with a couple of orders for vessel sinks. I was in the studio and with my phone so I decided to take some photos of him in action.

The studio has a small area near the back door that is lower then the rest of the room. It's sort of an awkward space and it's where we keep our glaze buckets. Jeff has made the two levels work to his advantage for throwing sinks. He moves one of the wheels to the edge of the higher level, putting the wheel at a good height for him.  The stand up wheel that he uses everyday is higher than this. He uses his whole body to center this large amount of clay, which means his clothes have to be hosed down outside before going into the washer!

Jeff uses a torch to stiffen the clay while making sinks. It allows him to finish throwing them at one sitting. You'll notice that he throws them on a large plaster bat, attached to the wheel head. They are ready for trimming in one to two days. They take forever to dry so he usually loads them into the electric kiln and keeps it under 200 degrees for a few hours. The next morning they are ready to bisque fire, but still going very slow at the beginning.

If you'd like to take a look at some finished sinks, this link will take you to Jeff's Etsy shop: