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Monthly Archives: December 2015

  • Big Ceramic Store is sending you wishes for a Very Merry Christmas, and a big Thank You, for your patronage and loyalty. We hope your stockings are filled with Mayco, Dolan, Kemper and Spectrum!

    Enjoy your day, thank God for your blessings, and have a few extra cookies for me (preferably the peanut butter ones with chocolate Kisses!)

  • Last week we started a wall tile series, and talked about a few things we will need like; clay and cutting tools, general working tools, decorating supplies, glaze and glazing supplies, and coming up with a design.

    This week, we'll begin the actual tile process... rolling out the slab, cutting tile shapes, decorating and drying.

    Since this is my first wall tile piece, I've decided to KISS it (Keep It Simple Silly!) I will be making a piece, 8.5" x 11", the same size as a piece of printer paper. That way, if you just can't come up with a design, you could print something off the computer as a template.

    Let's get started! Grab your coffee and let's head to the studio. Ps... You probably already know how to roll a slab, but if you don't, you can get some tips here;  BCS Blog Tips & Tricks

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  • The fall and winter months offer some pretty awesome smells! Maybe it's because most of my spring and summer days are spent outdoors, and I don't do much baking. Well, to be honest, I don't do much baking any time of year, but I do bake apples in the fall and winter.

    I LOVE the smell of hot apples baking in the oven! It reminds me of going into a corner bakery and gobbling up a piece of hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream. So, without doing a lot of preparation, how can you get that smell, and a nice hot apple treat?

    Apple bakers are the perfect answer. Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio! By the way, this is a wheel project, so you might want to grab your apron too...

  • Hello there! Today's post is going to be a bit different, it is Part 1 of a series on tile making and installing. After reading a few good books, "Making & Installing Handmade Tiles" by Angelica Pozo, and "Wall Pieces, by Dominique Bivar Segurado, I thought it was time to expand my horizons.

    Join me on a tile making journey! We'll start with the very basics and, with a little skill, and a lot of luck, we will make an Amazing wall piece!

    By the way... I encourage all of our readers to offer suggestions during this series, as it will be my first attempt at tile making! Okay, maybe not my very first tile... I've made single tiles as trivets and such, but making a wall piece... nope, not until now.

    We won't be heading to the studio today, just grab a cup of coffee and notebook, and let's get started!

  • If you've been following our blog, you know that we've been focused on holiday projects, for the last month or so. Today's post, will be the last one, focused on the holiday itself, as we're running out of time to get them finished.

    Christmas Coasters, is a project for beginners, and experts alike. Not only can they brighten up your coffee table, you could hang them on an iron or wooden tree, put them on small plate stands, or give them out as a gift to your guests.

    Grab your coffee, and follow me to the studio. Let's transform some simple coasters into cool Christmas characters!

  • Have you ever heard the saying, "It's the little things that make a difference?" I'm a big believer in that theory, especially when it comes to my pottery. How better to show off your creative side, then on your table, when you have guests?

    Something as simple as a pretty table runner, fancy salt/pepper set, or a handmade trivet, can turn your plain table setting into one fit for magazines. Let's impress your family and friends this holiday season!

    Grab your coffee and let's head to the studio! Oh, and by the way, we're running out of time to get this fired and ready for the table, so no procrastinating!

  • I don't know about you, but the snow is getting ready to fly here! We've had flurries and a dusting, we're just waiting for the fun stuff. You know, the snowman, snowball, snow angel, igloo and sledding kind of snow!

    I can't wait! Okay, maybe I can... I don't love the wet floors, hanging mittens, hats and coats, and mopping that comes with it, but I love watching the kids play in it.

    We have eight grandchildren that absolutely LOVE snow! We bust out the sleds and toboggans, hook up the saucer behind our 4-wheeler, whiz them around the farm, then have snowball fights, build snowmen, and have a cup of hot cocoa. Sound like fun???

    Well, sitting in the studio the other day thinking about how much fun is to come when we get a hefty snow, I started making clay snowballs. They are a cute addition to any mantle, shelf or end table, so I thought I would share them with you.

    By now you know the drill... grab your coffee and let's go to the studio!

  • Who doesn't love the opportunity to get your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife, under the infamous mistletoe? A chance to be romantic, clever or sneaky, and guide them right under that green sprig with pretty red berries...

    I know it's a dying fad in some homes, but this year... I've decided to bring it back!  I will be hanging a handmade mistletoe in our dining room, where my husband and I pass at least once a day. This should guarantee me at least a few kisses!

    Are you ready to add a little excitement to your house? Grab a cup of coffee and follow me to the studio!

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