New Jewelry Bowl; Shave Mug Category

  • Posted on March 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

The Jewelry Bowl page has been updated with a second offering, this one is blue w/ hand carved and painted decorations.

The Shaving Pottery page has been updated with a Shave Mug section. Hopefully we’ll have some available stock soon. You guys are keeping Sonya pretty busy with pre-orders and custom work, though!

OUT OF CLAY???

  • Posted on February 28, 2013 at 5:00 am

Tonight was a studio class night.  So I went with the grand plan to accomplish ALL THE THINGS!!!  HA…HA…HA.

That did not happen.  We ran out of clay at the studio.  Now, do not get me wrong, there is still clay.  It is just not the clay I use.  I guess I am a clay snob. I probably have 100 pounds of clay to recycle, but I am unable to hand wedge it.  That means I have to wait for one of the studio employees to have time to run it through the pugmill.  I am supposed to check in tomorrow, and find out what the plan is for Project: ACK! MORE CLAY! and see if I need to go pick up some of my own.  The studio usually purchases the clay in bulk, and then  I just buy it from them.  It works great, because they get a reduced price for the amount they purchase, so it keeps my costs down.

If I do have to head up to Minneapolis to get clay, maybe I can squeeze in a lunch date with my favorite college student.   Hmmm!  Let the plotting begin!

Updates!

  • Posted on February 27, 2013 at 6:24 am

The “Jewelry Bowl” section is now live, and has its first offering for sale.

We’ve added a few colors to the Glazes page, and separated the basic glazes and the mixed glazes.

Site News – 02/18

  • Posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:51 am

Today’s update was pretty minor.

I added samples of Black Walnut, Val Cushing Colemanite, and Blue Surf to the Glaze Samples page.

We’re also live on social media, now.

– Eric

Frustration!

  • Posted on February 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I have been packaging pottery of various shapes and sizes to ship for almost a year.

In the last week, I have received word that recent pieces are arriving broken.  I have not changed how I package the pottery.

I am not pleased.  Especially since the only thing that changed, is which post office I use.  It seems I am going to have to go with bigger boxes, even more bubble wrap, and more finger crossing.

I am always so sad to hear about broken pottery.  It is like taking away Christmas or something.  I know I get excited about things I have ordered, and I figure many other people are the same.  So to have something arrive in pieces is frustrating for everyone.

I will be looking into new and better ways to ship and package things that will hopefully survive much better than my current set-up.

If you received broken pottery from me, please know I am sad on your behalf, and will do anything I can to replace it

Site News 02/14/2013

  • Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Sonya’s most popular shaving item, the 2-piece scuttle, now has its first listing on the website. Drop by the Shaving Page to check it out, or pick your favorite colors and make it yours!

Late Night Edit – The Yarn Bowl page has gone live, with two beautiful pieces ready to sell.

Another full day!

  • Posted on February 14, 2013 at 5:53 am

Today was a bit crazy.  I was on a mission to get my kitchen super clean.

Someone remind me not to do that on nights when I have scheduled studio time? I only got 3/4 of what I wanted to get done, finished.

I cleaned, got kids ready for school, and did stuff with the toddler from 6am until about 3pm.  When the toddler finally fell asleep, I scampered downstairs to the office to pack and ship some pottery.  I hope it all makes it there safe.  I was informed that one of the pieces I mailed on Monday, was broken upon arrival. That always ruins a perfectly good mood.  I want people to get joy from my work, not be sad or annoyed when they open a box.

I am not sure why I have decided that only throwing 5 things, and getting a fair amount of stuff glazed is “not enough”, but it is how I felt tonight.  I have no deadlines, and no boss fussing at me to work faster.  I should just relax and enjoy my clay time.

When I came home, I: filed my claim with the post office, did laundry, ate some dinner, played with the toddler, nagged the teen to go to bed,  worked on a drop plate, and my started my next attempt at a hand-built project.  I thought now that everyone is asleep, it would be a good time to watch a few youtube demos.  Not gonna happen.  I am barely awake enough to finish this.

Goodnight, and remember….BALANCE.  Balance your list of activities, so you can be productive and have fun!

Site News, 02/13/2013

  • Posted on February 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm

We’ll be posting about updates to the site and related items under the Site News category. And today has been a busy day!

In the last 72 hours, we have:

  1. Added 3 sale items to the Shaving Pottery page.
  2. Created a Google+ page for the site. Come join us!
  3. Gone live with the Contact page.
  4. Posted a “care and feeding” guide for Sonya’s shaving pottery.

And that doesn’t even count the things we’ve looked into but ultimately decided against using! Phew!

If you’d like to subscribe to the Site Updates in particular, you can do so via RSS using this link.

Curse you Sports Champion 2!

  • Posted on February 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I am not getting old, I am simply energetic when it comes to video games!

Last night, the darling husband and I played a few rounds of Sports Champion Bowling and Tennis together.  Bowling is stupid easy, and I was 1 pin short of a perfect game, twice.  Well, then we went onto Tennis.  It seems I suck at real Tennis and video game Tennis too!  I was trying to play tennis while holding onto the 19-month old, as she was having a clingy moment.  DO NOT TRY THIS!!!  My shoulders, neck, and arms hurt.  Oops!

I had hoped to run to the studio today, but maybe I will just walk around like a little old lady and groan about all of my sore parts. Oh!  I know!  I can go roll out some slabs of clay, and do some low-impact hand building!

Now it is time to go back to cuddling my big mug of hot tea, and I need to find some ibuprofen.

Pottery this week!

  • Posted on February 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Monday I had a lunch date with my eldest honorary daughter, in Minneapolis.  I had planned a trip to http://www.continentalclay.com/.  My trip was delayed by derailed by many things: snow, shoveling, and a roadblock due to our current US President being in town.  The baby and I finally arrived at Augsburg, where we picked up Kat and went to get some yummy Indian food.  After lunch, we took Kat back to her dorm, dropped off the extra food and snacks we brought her, and went to the clay store.  I had plans to get one item: a shrinkage ruler.  What were they out of? Shrinkage rulers!  I consoled myself by finding other things I knew I needed, or wanted to try out.  One of these things was a Kemper handle maker.

Kemper_Handlemaker

Wednesday morning, I dropped one of my kids off at school for a few hours (she has been sick, and this was a trial run.) While I waited to see how she did, the baby and I went to the art studio to drop stuff off and do a quick bit of glazing.  The baby did great!  I was worried she would fuss and wail until she got to get down and play around with things.  Instead she walked around, looked at stuff, and was friendly to the other people there.  One of the other students looks like her Papa, so he was her new friend.  It was pretty nice and is hopefully a sign of her being willing to hang out at the studio more often. We were there for about 90 minutes, before we had to go pick up the big kid.

Wednesday night I had my normal class time.  The studio I frequent does not have the option of paid studio time at this point, so you enroll for a class, and then have access to free studio time.  It works well for me, as I know I will get at least 3 hours of studio time a week.  I asked my instructor for advice on my handle maker.  It seemed pretty straight forward, but I wanted to check to see if she had used one. We both were new to it, and had the same thoughts: chunk of clay, run the tool through, and VOILA handle.  Well, that was not exactly how it happened.  I use a very soft porcelain and stoneware clay, and the handles would not come out.  I thought about it, set out some clay on some paper, and went back to trimming.  I finished: 1 shaving accessory, 2 unmatched goblets, and 3 scuttles.  The scuttles need handles, so I went back to my new tool.  Tips: use slightly firmed up clay, and lubricate the tool!  It worked great after I figured that out.  Made three beautiful handles and did not have to use the big extruder.  I ended up taking longer, and was the last one to leave, but it means I got to do some extra cleaning.  I like to pitch in a little extra time, and do some cleaning when I can, as the studio gets messy quick.

There was no extra pottery time for me until today (Saturday).  I am not sure if I am getting sick, or just did not sleep well, but today did not go great.  I arrived to find out that another student’s clay chicken exploded in the kiln and the shrapnel took out a few other pieces.  One of my pieces got chipped, and the handle that was being difficult cracked.  So, it the base piece of the scuttle got tossed, and I kept the inner bowl as a glaze test piece.  I only threw 4 things, and 2 of them were quick and easy bottomless pieces that I cut up to use for test tiles.  I glazed two of my special order pieces that came out of bisque, and they will probably get loaded on Monday or Tuesday. There is a huge amount of stuff ready for glaze firing, since it is the end of a class session next week.  I did get a few things out of the glaze load, I will post pictures of them later.

I hope to make it back either tomorrow or Monday, so I can throw a few more things.  I really need to be getting some general stuff done.  We are talking about having a Raku workshop in March/April, and various people start hosting sales in May/June.  It would also be great to have some general stuff available here.  Quick, someone find a way to stop time while we sleep!