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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Hats on: December 31, 2011 08:03:41 AM
Got my knitting groove on just before Christmas. Made a load of hats for presents.

Hedwig Hat

Owl Hat

Tiger Hat - the eyes are now closer together than this picture.

Snowflake Hat

All were very well received.  Grin

12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Baby Elephant Teapot on: November 14, 2011 03:18:05 PM
Just got this cute little guy out of the kiln. He's big enough for a large cup/mug of tea.  Grin

He's hand built stoneware, using double pinch pots for body and pinch pots for head and feet. Glaze is Helion by Scarva.

I really need to work on the lids when hand building. Still haven't got it right.
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Pears on: October 19, 2011 02:54:51 PM
earthenware is pretty new to me. Not sure about it, but it was our first ever firing of our kiln. We had quite a few air bubble which was ok on the ornaments, but Not good on the tableware.
These guys though came out quite well. The big one is a sugar bowl and the small one a reed incense.

Details: double pinch pots, earthenware decorated with White slip.
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Angry Chickens - Pic Heavy on: September 10, 2011 11:08:50 AM
Here are some of my finished Chickens.

I posted them, in unfired form here
Now for the completed ones. the majority of which were fired in my friends kiln. It was a our first stoneware firing and it didn't go too bad.







They're all made from Double pinch pots. Sunny, Khuno and Edna were all painted at greenware stage. Elvis was oxided  at bisque stage, which leaves Cocoa and Sid painted at bisque stage too. All coated with clear glaze.

I really enjoy making these little guys. Ther are endless possibilities for to customise them and you can make loads of double pinch pot forms then spend time just playing with eyes, feet, wings and other attachments.

15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / For Wine on: July 19, 2011 03:09:45 PM
Set of Wine goblets and tumblers. Unfortunately I'm still working on making things the right size I tend to err on the small size. So only one of the tumblers is the right size.
As for the goblets they turned out really pretty, but the kiln was faulty and stayed at 1100C for loads of hours and failed to reach stoneware temp. So the yellow glaze isn't food safe, but is very pretty and powdery.
It's the same yellow inside both sets.

16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Skull Salt Pig and ladle (Now pic heavy) on: May 16, 2011 01:09:01 PM
Finally my Skull Salt Pig and ladle are finished. They're not in my hands yet as picture was taken by our tutor, my I'm so pleased.
Both had hand built using coiling and pinching. Buff stoneware with High Manganese glaze and Yellowstone Glaze. The skulls are unglazed and have a little chrome oxide mixed through them.

I'll post of pic of the back of the salt pig and the bowl part of the ladle when I pick them up.
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Angry Birds Inspired - Double Pinch Pots on: April 16, 2011 01:07:49 AM
OK so these are not yet finished. They do however please me intensely, so I just have to share them.
I was reading a blog By Glynnes Lessing the other day, she was talking about the variety of things you could make with double pinch pots.
I had a little clay and thought yeah that sounds like fun. So I sat down and played. This is my first Bird/Chicken

I then burnished him.

Loads of my friends thought he was cool and I really enjoyed making him, so I've made one or two more and plan to make a whole load more. Here's the rest so far.

18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Viking Flaggon on: March 27, 2011 03:42:25 PM
My OH is a Highlander from Viking descent. I wanted to make him something manly for drinking beer.
This is what I came up with.

(white stuff is beer residue)


Slab built from buff stoneware.
once bisque fired I painted on the Hawk/Vulture with black glaze then painted on brown temoku glaze. The band is Tivoli Red with black glazed studs. Then poured Tivoli red into the inside.
It's about 7 inches high and holds about a pint and a 1/3rd of beer.

19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Two hours a week is not enough on: February 04, 2011 03:21:04 PM
I'm on my 3rd set (10 per set) of pottery classes. It's 2 hours week and really is hard to get stuff done. I'm loving it and busy trying everything and anything.
What I've learnt so Far:
1. The clay often tells you what it wants to be.
2. Glazing is not a precise science
3. Being taught the basics is only the beginning....There is so much more.
4. Glazing can often spoil you project.
5. I can spend hours trawling pottery blogs.
6. I have a huge list of things I want to make.

Anyway I had a loads of things get glazed last week. Here are a few of my items.

20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Pottery question - teapots on: January 11, 2011 09:39:39 AM
OK How do you get the inside join between the pot and the spout....
a. the right size?
b. nice and smooth
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