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  • Christians all around the world are decorating their homes with items that symbolize Easter. The one piece that symbolizes Easter best, is the cross, for that's where the Easter Festival begins.

    If you're looking for an Easter project that will add a special touch to your home, or to give as a gift, this is the one. You only need about a 1/2 pound of clay, your hands, a bit of water, a scoring tool, and the desire to bring Christ into your home this season.

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

  • Along with the meaning of Easter, one of the first things that come to mind when I think of Easter... is of course... eggs. Pink ones, purple ones, blue ones, yellow ones... you get what I'm saying right?

    When I think of the eggs, I also think of how to glaze them, then how to display them. I know... they go in the Easter basket... but what about all those cute little ones? I'm putting mine in a nest this year.

    Not only will it help me with Easter decorations, they can stay out all spring long as part of the decor´!

  • With Easter only a few weeks away, I'm sure you have a couple projects sitting on the shelf waiting to be glazed. Why not put some of your underglaze to good use and give those projects a special touch!

    At Big Ceramic Store, we have many different underglaze colors, firing ranges, and manufactures, making it easy for you to choose the right ones for your work.

    Let's say you have a cute little chick you want to make a solid yellow... that's where an opaque underglaze like the Amaco LUG Series Yellow comes in handy. If it's too bright, just add a little white to tone it down.

  • Easter baskets are a must have! I'm not sure about you, but as Easter nears, I find myself trying to come up with ideas to "dress up" the Easter baskets I make.

    I've done all sorts of things in the past to dress them up... texture, applique', weaving, ropes, funky colors and shapes... but this year, I'm adding a new spin to them... cut-outs.

    Cut-outs can be added to wheel thrown or hand built projects. They can also be bent and twisted to make them stand out away from the body of the project for a 3D effect.

    You can get real creative with them or you can keep them real simple. How much effort you put into the design is your choice... I'm going to do a little simple and a little more detailed.

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

  • It used to be, that whenever I wanted to put a "motion" handle on a clay project, I would turn to bamboo handles. Recently thought, I've started making them from clay.

    When you want to put a movable clay handle on your project make sure you plan it out well. There are numerous things to consider;

    1. Shape
    2. Glaze or no glaze on the handles
    3. Attachment
    4. Design
    5. Drying/firing

    I've had a few failed attempts at handles in motion so I thought I'd share some tips to help you be successful with your handles.

  • Although I had a different topic picked out for today's post, however; I've decided to write on disappointing kiln openings, as it's very fresh in my mind since I had that this morning.

    Have you ever been so excited to open the kiln you could hardly wait for it to cool down? I've been there many times, however; I have learned to be a bit more patient over the years.

    This firing was one of those I couldn't wait to see though. I could have opened the kiln late last night but convinced myself to wait until today. I'm so glad I did, or I probably wouldn't have gotten much sleep!

    There isn't much I find more frustrating then opening the kiln to find some not so nice looking products. So what do you do next?

  • It's really starting to feel and look like spring out there! Do you have your spring glazes in stock and ready to go? If not, here are some recommendations from BCS.

    What colors do you think of when you think spring? Me... well, pink, purple, yellow, green, blue... all in pastel are the ones that immediately come to mind. They remind me of Easter, and Easter reminds me that spring is here.

    One of the easiest ways to get your "color on" is to check out the color charts available from the different glaze manufacturers.

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      […] Big Ceramic Store: Glaze Color Charts and Their Use […]

  • 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.

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      […] Big Ceramic Store: Decorative Garden Spikes […]

  • 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!

    • Clay Blog Review: February 2017 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-february-2017/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: How To Make a Triple Bud Vase […]

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