Monday, January 4, 2016

Tied at #11

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Each year, Pottery Making Info announces the top pottery blogs of 2015. This year I tied with Garth Clark's Cfile for #11. Not too shabby if I say so myself. I am also in good company with Gary Rith (#2!) and Linda Starr (#5), and Barb Rogers (#8). The announcement was perfect timing for today's post.
I have been working on a small dinnerware order. The pieces all have wavy rims, which can make trimming a challenge. Using a foam trimming bat makes this job so much easier.

The foam grips the piece quite well, and centering is easy because of the concentric circles, drawn onto the foam.

I learned about making a foam bat back in 2007, when Emily Murphy posted the "how to" on her blog. JZ immediately went out and bought some foam and made this bat. The instructions say to use a new clean bat, but JZ used one that we had in the studio. Clean it up and let it dry thoroughly and it will work just fine. I have been using this bat for nearly nine years and it's just now showing signs of wear.
You can find the instructions here:

My point is... I have learned so much from reading blogs and writing my own blog. I have made friends with other potters, some who I have met in person, others who I feel like I have met! I appreciate each and everyone of you, and how you have touched my life in a meaningful way. 
2016 is going to be an awesome year. We are off to a great start.

Happy New Year to my Blogger Buddies and Readers!


  1. congrats to you and all the other bloggers, I too have learned so much on blogs like yours and others; plus a blog is an art journal one can refer back to it to recall what happened years ago, yeah for blogs.

    1. I didn't post enough this year and after 2yrs of at least honorable mention, I dropped off the list. Like they say " if you don't play you can't win." Congratulations to both you and Michele.

  2. Congratulations Michele! I love reading your blog daily! Just goes to show, something about what goes round!

  3. Congrats, Michele! .... Have a great 2016!

  4. I know, we all work out in the middle of our different and isolated nowheres and come together here :)


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