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Wheel Throwing Project: Vase (or teapot)

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I may or may not turn this into a teapot. I am not done throwing it yet. Do you see that small shape in the left top hand corner? That is the shape I am planning to make this vase/teapot. Not that this shape isn't very nice, it is nice,...Show More Summary

Oval Dip Bowl

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Thank you to PicMonkey once again for providing an easy way to collage these five photos. I started off with compressing coils into an oval plate (thank you to Chipotle for the bowl, and by the way, their Burrito Bowls are awesomely good!) Second Picture: I pushed the coils together with my fingertips. Show More Summary

Poor Bunny Bead Has A Spot

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I somehow messed up this bunny bead with a small pink dot from another glaze. It's a cute bead. It will go into the bead bowl for 'misfit' beads that I keep for my granddaughter. I have given her a large used guitar string to string up beads for fun. Show More Summary

Children Ceramic Divided Plates

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My daughter is disgusted with plastic. Yay!She asked me to handbuild some plates for her children and asked for the areas to be divided. After some thought, this is what I came up with.I used a plain paper plate as a mold. I guess it is not really a mold, though. Show More Summary

Stamped Leaf Demo

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I had a "Stamped Leaf Demo" on my old website 'design' for many many years, and it had a lot of views. I noticed when I went 'the WordPress' route that I had somehow neglected to tack on those demos and after a bit of consideration, I'm redoing them here, randomly. These barrel beads are rolled over a stamp and allowed to dry. Show More Summary

Stoneware Beads with Blue Accents

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I used a blend of red and brown stoneware clays to create these. I used an opaque red/orange blend of glazes to cover them, and took a dark cobalt blue underglaze and painted these daisy type flower petals on them. Fun! I don't have them listed anywhere yet, but soon.

Blue Circles Porcelain Ceramic Bead

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Blue Circles Porcelain Ceramic Bead This porcelain bead was made with geometric circles of various sizes, then coated in a wonderful cobalt blue glaze and fired in my outside kiln. I googled "geometric circles" this morning and scrolled and scrolled through the images section. Show More Summary

Coral Red Sun Flowers

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Coral Red Sun Flowers These five beads are a lovely set that I've renewed over on Etsy. One bead is slightly larger than the rest, it is 20 mm and the smaller ones are 15 mm. These are perfect for a rustic boho design, the larger one and two of the smaller could be used in a necklace and the other two 15 mm beads could be used as an earing set. Show More Summary

Turquoise Friday

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Turquoise Spiral Sprig Ceramic Beads These beads are about 15 mm from hole to hole. This turquoise glaze drapes lusciously over this stoneware clay. It is not exactly the same shade as 'scuba blue' which is one of the 2015 spring colors...Show More Summary

A Penny For Your Thoughts

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Today I separated our vast array of pennies. Anything 1981 and under went into a Ziplock bag. I think I bagged about 100 of them. Why? The pennies that are made then have more copper in them. I could be more specific than that, but there is always Google for those interested. Show More Summary

Cherry Sage Leaves Stoneware Beads

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Agh, I didn't blog yesterday. It was my first day of January not to blog. If anyone missed it, well, I am back today with new resolve. On the other hand, Feedburner, which should be delivering my daily blogs is on the fritz or something because although I am subscribed, I haven't gotten a thing through email in more than a week. Show More Summary

Yay for Off-White Ceramic Beads

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Vanilla Dimpled Ceramic Beads These cute beads are so perfect for earrings or a cute addition to a bracelet or necklace. I took a stoneware white clay and pushed a dimpled texture into each bead, coated with a glossy white and fired....Show More Summary

Hungarian Zsolnay Ceramics

Ask any Zsolnay Ceramics collector to describe this European line of art pottery in just one word, and you’ll surely hear “iridescent”. Initially, this Hungarian family set out to create stoneware that was functional and utilitarian. A decade after being founded in 1853, Vilmos Zsolnay entered the family business and learned how his father’s business […]

Lavender Hand Painted Ceramic Bead with Iron Oxide Daisy Decals

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Lavender Hand-painted Ceramic Bead I thought I would showcase this bead that I currently have available at my Etsy store. I drew that daisy, scanned the drawing, saved it as a 300dpi jpg photo, and opened up my word processing program. Show More Summary

The Vast Roseville Futura Art Deco Line

What’s not to love about what is arguably the most versatile Roseville Pottery pattern.  Roseville Futura is all about the art deco style, complete with sharp lines, dimension and extraordinary color choices. Considered a middle period line, Futura was introduced in 1928 and really put Roseville  in a new light. Remember, both Roseville Carnelian and […]

Sampler Mix Showcased

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Sampler Mix A little bit of this a little bit of that. Each of these beads could be used as a focal on a 'small delicate' type of necklace or bracelet. The largest bead is only 15 mm. There is porcelain clay in this mix as well as stoneware. Show More Summary

A Closer Look at Roseville Earlam

Many collectors of Roseville pottery will hone in on one particular design element and for those who treasure the Roseville Earlam line, that specific element is the simple arts and crafts forms and the quality matte glazes. The subtle colors provide the perfect canvas for light to produce exceptional dimensions; indeed, it looks as though […]

Strawberry Ice Porcelain Bead

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Strawberry Ice Sprig Technique Porcelain Nugget Bead This cute pink porcelain bead is meant to be used as a focal bead as it is 23 mm from hole to hole. The stringing hole is 2 mm. Pink seems to be very popular for spring this year,Show More Summary

Handbuilding On A Saturday

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I get in the mood to coil and handbuild every so often. One of the first projects in any pottery class is to roll coils and make something fun.This is my something fun.I've gathered a couple of odd shaped bowls from the Asian store. I think they are actually used to smash herbs and spices, but I think they make great molds for small cups and bowls. Show More Summary

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