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How I Make Flower Pattern Sgraffito and Stamped Yarn Bowls

Handmade Mug & Bowl Designs

How I Make Flower Pattern Sgraffito and Stamped Yarn Bowls

My previous yarn bowls have proved quite popular and I’ve had some enquiries about when I’ll be making more, so I set to work on a day I had all to myself. I decided to try out some new ideas for yarn bowls, and thought I’d experiment more with flower themed decoration. I really liked the Sgraffito work on this old plant pot I found at my great aunts house. I did a few sketches using it as inspiration. I haven’t really done any Sgraffito work before, but it can give a really nice finish. The lines have a much...

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Carving Clay – How to make Stoneware knitting Bowls

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Carving Clay – How to make Stoneware knitting Bowls

What is a knitting bowl? In this article I demonstrate carving clay leaf patterns into knitting bowls. They are bowls used by knitters and crocheters to hold balls of yarn whilst working. This stops them rolling all over the place whilst the knitting needles are flying! Most knitting bowl designs have some sort of cutaway that allows the yarn to be threaded through. This means different projects can be done using the same bowl. How I carve clay to create my knitting bowls I have made a few different designs of knitting bowls in the past. This time I had...

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Handmade Stoneware Mug Making - An Insight Into My Learning Process

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Handmade Stoneware Mug Making - An Insight Into My Learning Process

This is a collection of articles documenting the evolution of my handmade mugs range which has changed a lot since writing this blog. The mug is one of the most personal pottery items, everyone has their favourite mug they couldn’t live without! That’s why I love making them so much. My decoration styles have changed over the years. Currently I am enjoying making carved patterns in leather hard clay, and layering glazes to highlight the designs. If you are interested in buying stoneware mugs or other handmade tableware please visit the links at the top of the page. New Handmade Mugs...

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Stoneware Single Firing Schedule and Results

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Stoneware Single Firing Schedule and Results

This is a follow up to my article on raw glazing single firing experiments. Single firing results Whilst loading the kiln I had a problem with glaze flaking off, especially around the rims. I had to rebrush glaze onto most of the pots. The clay content of both glazes is quite high which I believe is the problem. I’ve included my notes on the firing. I think the firing schedule itself was ok, I had no breakages, and can’t see any pinholing or bloating which are associated with firing too fast. I did have a major problem with glaze crawling....

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Comparison of glaze opacifiers and developing dusty blue glaze

Glaze Recipes and Techniques

Comparison of glaze opacifiers and developing dusty blue glaze

I’ve been doing some glaze testing to try and create a glaze I can see in my head. It’s a light blue grey matt glaze with darker speckles. I thought I would investigate the difference glaze opacifiers have at the same time. The starting point is the base glazes I have been developing recently. Having tested various clays available, I wasn’t happy with the porosity of them when fired to cone 6, so I’ve recently started firing to cone 8. I use software at glaze simulator.com to develop glazes and also insight live which can be accessed by group membership...

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Raw Glazing and Single Firing Experiment

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Raw Glazing and Single Firing Experiment

I’ve decided to try and eliminate bisque firing by raw glazing pottery. Most potters nowadays do a bisque firing, which partially bakes the pottery so it can no longer return to mud. This makes glazing easier, before a second glaze firing takes place. I’ve read about single firing before and it seems fraught with difficulty. It involves applying a water based glaze to semi or fully dried clay which will immediately want to dissolve. Furthermore, the coating of glaze inhibits the release of water and impurities from the clay during firing which increases the likelihood of explosions and kiln damage....

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Can't organise blog posts into categories with shopify? You can now!

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Can't organise blog posts into categories with shopify? You can now!

This post has nothing to do with pottery. If you are looking how to get your blog posts organised nicely into categories on Shopify, and add some meta data to the categories then read on. Moving blog from Wordpress to Shopify I have been writing a blog using Wordpress for the last few years, and selling my pottery on Etsy. I've recently decided to move my product sales and blog onto the same platform, and I chose Shopify. I had heard Shopify kinda sucked for blogging. There are a few nifty ways to use Wordpress in a subdomain or subfolder...

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Avoiding Pesky Pin Holes and Glaze Dimples with Proper Carbon Burnout

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Avoiding Pesky Pin Holes and Glaze Dimples with Proper Carbon Burnout

I had a very unhappy kiln opening a few weeks ago with glaze dimples and pin holes all over my bigger pieces. I’ve had the problem on a smaller scale before, but nothing to this extent. It’s quite soul destroying finding a load of work that needs to be binned. I sulked for a couple of days, then with gritty determination I vowed to find a solution! Glaze pin holes and dimples – how to solve it? Initially, as a glaze defect I began pointing fingers at the glaze. The pieces in question have been glazed in two different layered...

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Designing My New Handmade Pottery Range - Get Involved

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Designing My New Handmade Pottery Range - Get Involved

Firstly I'd like to say a big thank you for all the interest in my new pottery site so far. I ran a 50% off promotion on Facebook for my first customer which generated a lot of interest. 

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How To Make Hand Thrown Stoneware Pottery

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How To Make Hand Thrown Stoneware Pottery

The process of making hand thrown pottery is long but very rewarding. Working with badly prepared clay makes the job of throwing pottery much harder. If the clay is softer ( more watery) in some parts than others, it may go thin unexpectedly during throwing.

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