Friday, August 28, 2015

Working Out. . . . side

We are enjoying some fabulous weather here in Seagrove, NC. Warm days, cool nights. Windows open and A/C off. Perfect days to glaze pots outdoors.

 I don't usually make face jugs. I am not really even a fan of them. A few months ago, while making luminaries, I turned one into a face jug. It's been sitting on a ware board all summer, waiting for glaze.

I brushed this creepy guy with red iron oxide and wiped most of it off. He was then dipped in shino and dusted with wood ash. He has copper red dripping from his ears and dotted on his eyeballs. I went all out "Halloweeny" on him. Perhaps seeing all the candy corn that is already on the store shelves inspired me. It's now up to the kiln to enhance his creepiness.

The last of the "Mugs for Moving" are glazed and ready to fire. If you are still waiting for yours, you'll be getting it soon! Thanks again to all who helped us out.

Monday, August 24, 2015


We are on a tight budget to set up our studio and gallery. Jeff and his brother John can handle the carpentry, which saves us a boatload of money. Our other new best friend is the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Last week Jeff and John scored some great doors and a window for the walkout basement.

$45 dollars for all three doors!

The window will go to the right of the patio doors in the exterior view. The opening was framed for an overhead garage door, but that would have cost much more money and would not have let in as much light. If we are going to work in the basement, we want it to have as much daylight as possible.

Our kiln will be located outside this area. It will be a nice walking distance for glazing and loading. We are really excited about being able to put our glaze buckets on wheels. It will be the first time that either of us have worked in a studio with a level concrete floor!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Juggling work and moving

I spent part of this week making pots for wood firing. Since we will be leaving this Japanese Maple tree very soon, I decided I should make pots with the leaves while I still can.

 I also revisited an old form.

The clay is StarWorks "Seagrove Clay". I am really not crazy about throwing with it, but it looks great wood fired and can really take the heat. I scrapped a couple of forms because I thought they were too heavy. There is something about the grogginess of this clay that gives me poor judgement as to wall thickness. I also threw some mugs and tumblers with my favorite Laguna B-mix for wood. I really love the buttery look of B-mix when wood fired. I didn't bother with photos of them. They are simple pots that the wood kiln will kiss with it's magic (hopefully).

The bisque kiln was loaded on Friday and fired slowly on Saturday. I am really excited about the large shallow bowl at the top! I threw a few large bowls, and carved them before the New Hampshire trip. I didn't get to really look at them until I returned home. I won't take a chance with them in the wood kiln. I am probably going to spray them with ash glaze and fire them in our own gas kiln.

In between the work, we do a little packing each day. Jeff and his brother are installing new doors in the basement today. Things are slowly taking shape.