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Projects I Have Done and Projects I Have Yet to Do

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Christmas Countdown R & G Dots

Christmas is 34 days away! Time to take stock and kick into high gear on my remaining projects!

Projects completed:

  • 3 crocheted blankets
  • 9 crocheted scarves
  • 6 crocheted stocking ornaments
  • 18 small pottery plates
  • 1 pottery Christmas tree
  • 4 crocheted spa cloths

Projects in progress:

  • Two crocheted makeup bags – crocheting is done, they just need buttons sewn on
  • Button Christmas tree collage
  • Pottery magnets
  • More pottery Christmas trees
  • More pottery plates

Projects I would still like to do:

  • Coffee mug cozies
  • Homemade lip gloss
  • Jewelry-making
  • More ornaments–both stockings and snowflakes
  • One more crocheted blanket
  • Lavender Sea Salt Scrub
  • Finish a shawl I started for last Christmas
  • Crochet some coasters
  • 1 more crocheted scarf

What do you think? Too ambitious? How are your handmade projects coming?

Sunday Progress

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I spent much of this afternoon working on pottery glazing–I had forgotten how many pieces I had ready to be glazed! These will go a long way to finishing my Christmas presents without buying anything new. I glazed a platter and 18 small plates today–and that is probably not even half of what I have at the studio waiting for me to complete.

Before I did that, though, I took my daughter and a friend out for brunch. We had a great time, and it was a nice way to start the day. I made them laugh hard, which is always fun.

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I went out to dinner with a friend tonight, and now I am tired but ready for the work week. Fun with kids, pottery, catching up with a friend–that’s a good day!

October MADE IT challenge – GET THOSE VOTING FINGERS OUT, IT’S TIME!

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I have been thinking about entering this made it challenge for months now, and this month I finally did it. I entered twice, with my Blue Waves blanket and with my finished pottery pieces. There are so many beautiful things in this challenge, go take a look! If you want to vote for me, that would be nice, too, ;).

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And just like that the October Made It challenge draws to a close and the VOTING door is flung wide open!

What a sensational month it’s been! Lots of lovely newcomers, and FIFTY FOUR, *record breaking wooohooooo high five* awesome, crazily creative projects – thank you EVERYONE!!!

In the mix this month you’ll find a wonderfully colourful array of

Blankets, warm & cuddly

Throws, natural & rustic

Scarves, trendy & chic

Cushions, bright bold & beautiful

Headbands, fashionable & pretty

Shawls, elegant & soft

Christmas snowflakes/angels/ghosts, happy & dapper

Ceramic decor, shiny & different

Mandalas, hip ‘n happening

Beanies, adorable & addictive

A spring wreath, beautifully floral

Cell phone pouch, rainbow coloured

Toys, fun & AMAZEBALLS!

Mitts, fingerless & funky

Cardi/Sweaters, too cute for words

Crochet food, yummy…

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Some Finished Pottery Pieces

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The pottery classes I have been taking include unlimited studio time during the class for building pieces, and plenty of time after the class is over to finish glazing and firing pieces. I have been concentrating on building things during the class time with the plan of underglazing, glazing and firing objects after the class is complete, but a couple of weeks ago, I decided to get a couple of test pieces done so I could see how they would turn out.

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The first piece I did was an underglazed Christmas tree. I actually painted this one day while I was working in the studio, waiting for a slab of clay to dry out a bit to make it easier to finish. I had a picture of this on my last pottery post:

Coil tree with underglaze in leaf green, dragon red and ivory

Coil tree with underglaze in leaf green, dragon red and ivory

This was completely unfired, with just the build done and underglaze painted on. Since then, it went through an initial firing, then I dunked it in a clear glaze and had it fired again. The colors are very different than the pre-firing colors, but they did turn out very close to what I pictured when I was envisioning the finished project.

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I also glazed one of my little plates, and I am very pleased with how it turned out. Because of the stamped pattern, I was thinking that I would need to underglaze the plates in order to ensure that the color got down into the grooves. I made a ton of these plates, though, so I decided to try the regular glazing on one and see what would happen.

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As you can see, awesomeness happened, ;). I am still going to underglaze a few plates–I have at least 30 of these things–but I will be doing more like this as well. This plate has celadon as a first dip, then it is topped with lime green. I love the way it turned out!

The coaster shows me why it is good to do a test glaze. I used deep purple topped with celadon here, and how a dark purple topped with a pale green yields such a blue coaster, I don’t know. I kind of like it, though.

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So, that’s all I have for finished pottery for now. What do you think? I will be making many more trees and plates, and probably some more coasters, along with a few other things. I am probably nearly finished with building for this Christmas, but I will have more things coming, too, as I still have about 45 pounds of clay to use. Any suggestions for a not-terribly skilled hand building potter?

What I did last weekend

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I’m taking a pottery class! Actually, I am on my second one, but I just brought home my first finished objects last week.

I started in a wheel throwing class, which was not really a success for me. I wasn’t too upset about the fact that I wasn’t very good at it, because new skills take practice right? At least, I wasn’t upset in theory–in practice, I was simply not interested in taking the time to get better. I wasn’t enjoying the process enough. My hands felt all slimy, and I was really pretty terrible.

I stopped when it looked vaguely like something useful...

I stopped when it looked vaguely like something useful…

The instructor did most of this one.

The instructor did most of this one.

The lady teaching the class is very smart, though, and she started showing me some hand building techniques, which I enjoyed quite a bit more. So much that I signed up for a second session to learn more hand building techniques, and actually make something I like and can use (and give away for Christmas presents!)

Coil tree with underglaze in leaf green, dragon red and ivory

Coil tree with underglaze in leaf green, dragon red and ivory

This past weekend I spent a lot of time in the studio, because it takes time to get these things done. I have a ton of clay to use up, because I got 50 pounds of clay for each class, and the first session, I used maybe 10 pounds. Since I started doing hand building, I have been going through it much more quickly, but it still takes a lot of time. I can roll out a slab or a coil pretty quickly, but to get it looking like I want it to? That takes some time.

Last weekend I spent about 8 hours cranking out plates and medallions. A couple of years ago, I did button magnets for my family, and I think the medallions will make a fun addition–another kind of magnet. I didn’t get any pictures of the medallions, but I did get some pictures of the plates:

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As you can see, these are all in progress, but I you get the general idea. They were fairly easy to do in concept–roll the slab, let it dry out a bit, roll a stamp over the whole slab, use giant cookie cutters, place in mold, take out and sit on the table to flatten out the bottom in the middle. It takes a while to do though, between waiting for the clay to dry and polishing off the piece. I have not gotten any of these back from the initial firing yet, but I am cautiously optimistic that they will be awesome, ;).

Anyone else into pottery?