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  • I woke up this morning and stepped outside to warmer weather, a light drizzle, and the smell of Spring in the air.

    Immediately my mind went to the garden and what I will be planting this year. Then I started thinking, "I may even try my hand at planting some seeds and see what comes of it."

    Just like clay, taking that little seed that doesn't look like much, and watching it grow into something beautiful, well... it sparks that creative side of my brain and brings feelings of excitement!

    Now that I've decided to grow a few of my own seeds, it's time to prepare for it with my art. Garden spikes and little pots are on the agenda, so follow me to the studio and let's make a few.

  • Do you have any mending agents in your supply closet? If you work with mid to high fire clays, and don't have Marx Aztec High Fire Mender in there, you don't know what you are missing out on!

    Recently we did an elephant sculpture series, and to my dismay, I broke his tail while I was glazing him. Not all was lost though, Marx mending agent saved my tail!

    Today I want to talk about a couple different agents and their use, so grab a notebook and settle in for some good info!

  • Every once in a while I find myself sitting at my work table in a funk... you know what I mean. You don't really want, or don't have time, to get involved in a project... but you're not quite ready to call it quits for the day either.

    Well, I found myself in that situation the other day, so I took some scraps off the table and started to play with them. Immediately, I found myself making a cute little triple bud vase that only took about 15 minutes, but it was the perfect way to end that funk!

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio and we'll make one together!

  • If you've followed our elephant sculpture series, you know I left it at a point where you could finish it the way you wanted, however; if you haven't finished it yet, you may want to see how I am finishing mine.

    I will use a combination of mason stains and glazes, to give depth and definition to the details, as well as leaving some areas bare to accent the piece.

    You will need a black mason stain, white glaze (I prefer a satin matte finish), a couple small mixing containers, and brushes.

    Follow me to the studio and let's see how it turns out!

  • Ok ladies... how many pair of earrings do you have, and are you sure to get another pair for Valentine's Day? Maybe it's time for you to make a heart shaped earring tree, or better yet, let the kids make one for you.

    We only need a couple supplies for this project, and if you get to making it today, you could have it done in time for those Valentine's Day earrings. By the way... this is A great project for oven-bake clay!

    Grab your coffee and let's head to the studio!

  • If you've been following along on the elephant sculpting journey, you have got to be excited... today's the day! We are going to finish up our elephant and get it ready for the kiln! We just need to add a tail, eyes, ears, tusks and a few wrinkles.

    Let's start with the tail...

    • Roll a thin coil of clay and attach a teardrop shaped ball on the end
    • flatten the teardrop and etch some lines in it
    • attach the tail to the rump of the elephant

    That was easy right? Well I have to be honest... the ears and eyes are not quite that simple but I'm sure you can do it!
  • Graffito Underglaze Transfer Paper from Minnesota Clay Company to the rescue!

    Have you ever seen an image you thought would look great on a pot but didn't know how to get it there? You tried the old lead pencil trick... you know the one... color the back of the paper with a lead pencil then flip it over and draw over the design to transfer it onto your work.

    Then, after all that work, you still aren't done! You have to get out your underglaze and brushes and paint the pot. Ugh! What a task it's turning out to be, right?

    Well not anymore! Follow me out to the studio to see how much easier it can be!

  • Have you been following along on our sculpting an elephant journey? If so, this post is going to bring it all together for you!

    In today's post we'll continue to add body parts and begin to sculpt the shape and form. When you are done with this step, your piece is actually going to look like an elephant!

    Are you excited to get going? Well, let's head to the studio!

    • Clay Blog Review: January 2017 - Pottery Making Info |

      […] Big Ceramic Store: How To Sculpt An Elephant – Part 4 […]

  • I have to admit, I generally use commercial glazes, however; there are a few that I like to mix myself. That being said, there are a few tools I couldn't do without!

    Whether you choose to mix your own glaze from scratch, or mix up a pre-mixed dry glaze, you may want to read on for some tips to make it a little easier.

    Now let's talk about those tools:

  • Some of you have been anxiously awaiting this post! In our previous posts on sculpting an elephant, we learned what tools we need, how to form the primary components of the sculpture, and how to keep them soft enough to work with.

    Today though, this is the exciting stuff... we get to start putting it all together!

    Let me remind you before we begin, I have never made an elephant sculpture before, so this project is designed to bring up obstacles you may encounter while working on it. If something I do doesn't work for you, tweak it to suit your style.

    Are you excited yet? Well, what are we waiting for... grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

    • Clay Blog Review: January 2017 - Pottery Making Info |

      […] Big Ceramic Store: How To Sculpt An Elephant – Part 3 […]

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