Teapot 4

Okay, I know I’ve kind of fallen off the “Quest for the Perfect Teapot” wagon that I built for myself.  Two reasons for this are: Secondarily) My obsessions run in circles, and right now my penchant is for pitchers. Moreover) I am lazy. Sixth and lastly) Some of my teapots have had embarrassing flaws, and […]

The Woeful Saga of the Molten Buffalo: A Cautionary Tale

This blog post is brought to you by the letter “B”. A few weeks ago, amidst a flurry of feverish throwing, building, glazing, and instant meals leading up to my first craft show experience, I made three butter dishes.  I mentioned when I put photos of two of them in a previous post that there […]

New Favorites

I’m using a new technique that I’d like to share: detailing bottoms with the use of a wiggle-wire.  (Note:  I am sure there is another (more professional-sounding) name for it, but I have only ever heard it called a wiggle-wire.  So there.)This is a helpful way of finishing off narrow bases of pots which are […]

Teapot 5

Teapot #5 is done!  (Yes, we’re a little out-of-order.)  I love its shape and the way the glazes look–but there’s just one small problem. Any guesses as to how I can do this?Yes, indeed.  We have a beautiful teapot with a jammed-tight lid.  I ask you, is there anything more tragic? I have no idea […]

Teapot 3

I know I’m overdue for this post (mostly because I’ve had Teapot 3 for a while and have been hiding it from the world), so forgive me if you were dying to know what happens next in the teapot progression. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it’s time to admit failure. Yes, yes–it looks fine, […]

Works in Progress: A Week of Productivity

I’m going to my first craft show in two weeks (eep!), so this week I kicked production into high gear.  Here are some of the things I’ve been feverishly making (keep in mind these are all freshly-made, raw clay pieces): A handbuilt cream pitcher–made from a slab of clay I textured with a vintage doily.  […]

Teapot 2!

My second teapot of the year is done!  I’m (almost) in love with it. Let me explain–things never come out of the kiln exactly as you pictured them.  Sometimes they’re better; sometimes they’re worse; mostly they’re just different.  It takes a few days to adjust my mental picture of a specific piece to the actual […]

A New Venture

Doing pottery as a profession is still fairly new for me, but it’s always nice to start something new within that realm.  I’ve worked only with stoneware clay for the year I’ve been doing this, thinking that I wanted to have pretty good mastery of that medium before branching out.  I’m now confident enough in […]