Last post, I mentioned wanting to do an Etsy shop update last weekend, which obviously did not happen. I grossly underestimated how busy Mother’s Day was going to be and then there was the rain. Nothing dried enough to even think about running the kiln, leaving me champing at the bit, frustrated and more than a little bit impatient. I finally just went ahead and candled most of the still wet pots in my kitchen oven so when the rain finally quit they’d be ready to fire. Guess what…… it’s raining again and it doesn’t look like it’s going let up anytime soon. 😩🌂⛈☔️ But I have bisqued and glazed pots ready for the kiln so I’m good. 🙂 On the bright side, I’ve gotten a lot of knitting done while waiting for the sun to come out. ☀️
Caitlin Hunter, Designer
NEWS FLASH ……
My partial Etsy shop update is live, with the remainder to be listed this evening, as soon as it’s cool enough to handle.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie
Even so, it’s time for this potter to do some clean up…..
I hope to have a shop update this weekend so stay tuned!
WHAT I DID TODAY
Quite a while ago, think years, I came into possession of an old Hoosier cabinet which was just sort of pushed back against the wall and forgotten about. When I decided to set up my studio and started cleaning, guess what I found!!!! That’s right, the old Hoosier came out of hiding. It was a bit dirtier than before – it’s been in the garage after all and the evidence of a failed attempt to antique it was still there. Whoever painted it painted EVERYTHING, the hinges, the latches, everything within reach. Anyhow, I’ve decided to clean it up, repaint it and use it in my studio. It has at least 50 years of grime built up – seriously – that has to go before I can start it on it’s road to recovery. First things first…..knock as much gunk off as I can. So, out comes the pressure washer, off come the doors, out come the drawers and off come what looks like 20 years of kitchen grease and grime. Yay! My biggest fear that it would explode into a million toothpicks didn’t happen. Everything withstood the pressure washing with no problem. Great – half the first step – done. One more wash with a bit of Mean Green detergent should do the trick and I’ll be on to the second step – paint – soon.
Here’s a before photo –
Sorry for the bad focus, but you can see the shape it’s in. Yuck!
After first pressure wash.
ON THE WHEEL
This week I threw a couple test batter bowls, one of which I promptly broke off the handle, I tried something new I saw in Pottery Making Illustrated, Throwing in Two Parts and threw a sweet little rounded pitcher.
I threw a flashlight!!🔦🤨
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you into trouble. Frank Tyger
So – it’s been a busy few weeks. I set up an Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery and have been putting a lot of hours writing and rewriting, tweaking and retweaking my shop stuff, working at getting more pots photographed and listed. This is much harder than it should be since I’m a bit technophobic, computer illiterate and way out of my comfort zone when I encounter something unfamiliar computer wise. I have to reinvent the wheel over and over again. I’m figuring it out slowly but surely.
Today, I’m running a full bisque kiln this morning, then tomorrow or Saturday go into a glazing frenzy, then finally run a glaze kiln. I guess one good thing about insomnia is that I can start all this 2 a.m.
I’m anxious to see how the spiny things turn out. I plan to stain them, fire them and then lace them back together with a thin leather thong. I hope it’s going to match the picture I’ve been carrying around in my head for a long time.
FYI – The spiny things behaved exactly how I’d hoped (for once)! The toothpicks burned away, leaving perfectly shaped holes for lacing them together later. I LOVE it when a plan comes together!
Wow, I slept late this morning – til a whole 4 a.m.! If you guessed this week wasn’t exactly a good one sleepwise, in other ways it absolutely rocked. Let’s see. What happened this week? OK, got it.
- Mr. Insomniac had cataract surgery on his right eye on Wednesday morning and is doing great! He is seeing better than he’s ever seen, 20/30 on the right about 24 hours after surgery.
- I sold a pot in my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery
- I’ve had time to work on several knitting projects that have been languishing for what seems like forever. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I also have a knitting blog. You can check out this particular alter ego at http://iknead2knit.net.
- Filled a pew at Mass last Sunday with nearly the entire fam, three grands, a son, a daughter in law that I love, my bestie, who happens to be dear d-i- l’s mother, me and Mr. Insomniac.
- Successful glaze firing of pots to restock my Etsy shop. Shop update is tentatively scheduled for April 22.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act. G. K. Chesterton
Happy 4:44 am! Sigh………….
I really do have a confession and here it is – I absolutely hate throwing mugs. Hate it. I hate it because I have trouble throwing such a small amount of clay, give me 2 pounds to start with and I’m good to go.I don’t enjoy pulling handles and attaching them, kinda fiddly and they never look quite the way they should. Yada Yada Yada as Seinfeld would say. 🙂 They’re not my thing I guess.
What brought this on? I recently started an Etsy shop and have been working to get it stocked. Well, I thought it needed a few mugs and spent most of a morning trying to get at least a couple to add. That’s when it hit me – I don’t like throwing mugs, so why am I so bent on adding them to my inventory? This is MY shop. I provide the inventory – which really is a labor of love – so why can’t I fill my tiny corner of Etsy with things that fill me with happiness from beginning to end? Why can’t I fill it with bowls and plates, bottles and vases and anything else that catches my fancy? It’s decided, no mugs for me. 👏👏👏
I have several pots in progress and my kiln (almost) runneth over this morning. Be on the lookout for a shop update in the next week or so.
One more thing: I’m thinking of changing my shop name. Potshards just doesn’t seem fit. A few I’m considering are:
I Dream of Pottery
Dream Come True Pottery
Happy Place Pottery
Any suggestions out there? I’d love to hear them!
I’ll leave you with a peek at my “studio” also called a garage.🙂
Success is the maximum utilization of the ability you have. Zig Ziglar
A bit thin on the bottom, wouldn’t you say? 😩
One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. Oscar Wilde
FYI – Potshards Pottery update today!
I’m back after being under the weather for the last week or so – nothing serious, just a lot of sneezing and coughing, nose blowing and just generalized crankiness. But I’m back!
Ran a combined glaze/bisque kiln today with a so-so result. One of the bisque pots was perfect.
The other pot, well, not so much as you can see.
I take full credit for this mishap, I can see that I left the bottom thicker than it should have been, hiding just enough moisture for a blow out. 😩
When the bottom blew out, I guess the small bowl wanted to get into the act and ended up with a few stray shards fused to its inside.
Better luck next time, I guess.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F. Kennedy
FYI – I’m slowly but surely stocking my Etsy shop, Potshards. Come have a look around! 👀
I found an inexpensive source for clay – Walmart. At $30.00 for 50 lbs it’s a steal don’t you think?? Here’s the “test throw”.
4 lbs used
It looks like it’s going to work well.🤞🤞🤞
Sickening feeling…….I just heard a couple of thuds from inside the kiln. I know what that means – exploded pots. 😩😩😩😩😩
Newest pot –
Sorry about the background clutter….it seems to pile up faster than I can put it away!
I’ve been encouraged to open up an Etsy shop and am in the planning phase. It all sees to be so confusing! Any words of wisdom would be appreciated!
Hands in the clay, feet on the ground, head in the clouds!
I hope to bisque fire these tomorrow.
I threw these using some clay I bought on sale at Hobby Lobby. I hope I’m not disappointed………
I have some glazed pieces ready to fire also, but I’m not sure they will fit into kiln. Keeping my fingers crossed. 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞
Hello! Yes, I am an insomniac and a potter. I’m starting this blog to share some of my middle of the night projects and see what other middle of the nighters are working on. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy thia post.
Here’s what I pulled from the kiln this morning –
Bowl and tumbler set
Amaco White Clay
Duncan Blue Berry Spice Glaze
Mixed Clay pot
Low Fire Red Clay
That wraps up this first post. I hope you enjoyed it!
Here’s a look at what’s come off my pottery wheel these last few days. I’ve been practicing this particular shape, which finally jelled a couple of days ago. I hope you like them.
Low fire red clay
Getting more comfortable with shape, still
needs practice but coming along🙂
Thanks for reading!
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.