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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / outdoor board game suggestions on: June 27, 2012 01:51:41 PM
So I've gotten some test ceramic glaze tiles that are approx 1' square in various colors.  They are high gloss glaze and very slippery when wet so I dont want to use them as a walkway for fear of injury. I'm looking at installing a backyard game that my family can enjoy for many years to come.  We are just starting to enjoy our yard (mosquitoes are a huge problem) esp with the addition of a hot tub. I have an 8 yr old who likes to play with his friends but I think the scrabble is a bit out of his reach. His favorite board game is monopoly but that might be a bit to complicated with money and cards. I like the checkers cause I can upgrade it to chess later on in life.  Maybe I'm just looking for moral support in this undertaking cause its all going to be grumbled at by my hubby who gets suck helping me finish my hair-brained ideas....

For those who are not quite sure what I'm talking about.... not that I really know what I'm talking about.... look at these ideas:


Thanks in advance!

and yes, I'm sure I'm missing something so just ask.  space isn't a terrible issue, our yard is bigger than our very tiny house.....
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Summer sea shells, continued.... on: December 23, 2011 08:46:21 AM
So during the fall nature challenge, I had made some sea shells.  Link below if you wanna see that (and see the size reference).

ANYWAY... I made a few more (think I'm up to ten now) and wanted to post my new shell for your viewing pleasure

This one was painted with terra sig before the bisque process and then glazed with clear crackle and Spectrum turquoise.  The smoke part really got nice and black to show off the glazes.

Thanks for looking and more to come soon.
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Raku cup for tea ceremony on: September 16, 2011 09:05:23 AM
I've been taking raku for a while now and figured I should get on the ball and post a few things... this last session had us finishing up out class with a Japanese tea ceremony and here is the cup I made for it.
sorry for the crummy images, I was working with my cell phone too late at night

The outside is Dee's Discovery (I  should say I'm almost positive that's what it is)

and the inside is Blue Nebula that has been heavily reduced.  It is this really neat yellowish/greenish/silvery/blue and neither picture does it justice.

thanks for looking
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Three seashells for one final summer moment (pic heavy) on: September 08, 2011 07:19:58 PM
Apologies now for the not so great pictures: I am stuck with my cell phone only at the moment!

I've been taking a raku pottery class for a few years now and I find that my art is always inspired by what's around me.  These three shells are pinch pots that were made after a trip to the Jersey Shore and hours of scouring the beach with my kids.
For those who are not familiar with raku pottery, it's main difference from regular stoneware/ceramics is that a raku piece is pulled out of the hot kiln (causing the glaze to crackle) and placed in a bed of newspapers, sawdust ... flammable items ... and that fire is squelched so that the smoke permeates the clay creating the darken finish.

These specific shells were given a slightly different treatment by not glazing, but by applying terra sig in the greenware stage and various treatments during or just after the final firing.  And my brain is failing me for names so excuse any typoes or hiccups!)

Horse and human hair created the squiggles with a very small amount of sawdust for inside smoking.

This shell was spattered with ferric chloride for the orange spots and the black lines were drawn in with a feather.

Our class tried a new technique where different organic materials are placed around the pottery and then it is fired in a closed container.  The organics burn off in the kiln and the resulting colors that comes from them are beautiful. Honestly, it's hard to see the various levels of greys into yellows and whites.

And yes, it's always amazing to my 7yo that he can hear the ocean in a shell.

Enjoy those last moments of summer (or the start of them, depending on where you are!)
15  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Glass Classes - specifically lampworking on: January 10, 2011 09:42:14 PM
Hello all!

I've been lurking around and attempting to find someone to help me with the just above basics of lampworking in the Philly, PA area.  I took a class but its been a few months so I'd like to have a bit of memory jogging before I light my torch again.  I know of the glass college in town but when I was looking there, it was $90/hr or something crazy like that.  ANYWAY... if there's a resource I've missed, PM me!

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