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  • With the cold weather upon us, a lot of people have dug out the knitting needles, crochet hooks, and sewing projects. If you are one of those people, or know someone like this, we're going to make things easier with a handcrafted yarn bowl!

    There are several ways to make a yarn bowl. You can throw the bowl on your potter's wheel, use a slump or hump mold, or slab build the bowl. Any way you choose to make it, the most important part is the slot where the yarn (or string) comes out.

    Let's head out to the studio and get started on this fun project!

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: How To Make A Yarn Bowl […]

  • If you read our last post, you're probably pretty excited about this one! As I promised, we're starting a series on learning to sculpt. What type of clay and tools you may need, how to support during the process, additive and subtractive methods, and we'll even touch on firing and glazing.

    Since I'm fairly new at sculpting myself, I didn't think it would be fair for me to make one I've done in the past, so I decided an elephant would be a good subject. The body is fairly easy and the rest... well... we'll figure it out as we go!

    Mind you, it's not going to be "life-size", I don't think my studio is big enough for that! You can, however; use the steps in this series and make it the size you want, but if this is your first attempt at sculpting you may want to start on the smaller size.

  • Happy New Year everyone! Here at BCS we are excited to move our blog into 2017 with some great projects, products, ideas, and experiences... but most of all... we're happy you're coming along with us!

    2016 was a great year for our blog. We had a lot of support from our readers and customers, and we learned a lot about what you want to see and hear from us in the future.

    With that in mind, here are some of the things we will be doing in 2017...

  • If there is one tradition most people adhere to it has to be piggy banks. I mean, what kid doesn't get a piggy bank at some point in their life, right?

    Time to roll up your sleeves, turn on your wheel, and get muddy! I'm going to show you how to make a cute bank that can be in the shape of a pig, or any other critter, you are inspired to make from the basic form.

    The size of your bank is up to you. I'm doing a small one that will look nice almost anywhere in the house. You can put it up on a shelf, in the china closet, or on a night stand.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a hand-built pattern for this project, so a wheel is necessary.

    • Clay Blog Review: December 2016 - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/clay-blog-review-december-2016/

      […] Big Ceramic Store: This Little Piggy Turned Into a Bank […]

    • Lauren | #

      so cute

  • Have you ever seen a double walled vessel? You know, the ones with a solid inner vessel, encased in a delicately designed outer shell? I'm sure if you did, the first thing you thought was, "Wow, I wish I could do that!"

    The thought of throwing a vessel inside a vessel may scare you, but how do you feel about trying a hand-built version... you could even use different color clays for each vessel!

    Well, I'm gonna give it a try, and thought you might like to join me. Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

    • 12 Tips for Making Pots - Pottery Making Info | http://www.potterymakinginfo.com/news/12-tips-making-pots/

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  • merry

    As you go about your day enjoying family time, great food, friends, and PRESENTS, know that we here at Big Ceramic Store are wishing you the very best.

    May your Christmas be filled with love, laughter and peace, and may your travels be safe!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • With the New Year fast approaching, I'm gearing up for spring sales, workshops, and sculptures. One thing I needed to consider when doing this was, "What colours are "in" for spring 2017?"

    There are hundreds of colours, that catch the eye of thousands of people, but the question is... which ones will maximize my sales potential? Should I stay with tried and true or should I go out on a limb and bring in some new glazes?

    After doing a bit of research, this is what I discovered.

  • I don't know about you but I love a good chip and dip combo when our family and friends gather for the holidays. It seems as though a group always gathers around the chip and dip bowl to catch up on what's been happening.

    This year I plan on having several new trays conveniently located for those conversations to take place. How about you? Ready to learn how to make a cool new serving tray for those awesome dips you make?

    Mind you... the server I'm about to show you is not glazed as it is "in-process." I think I will glaze it with Amaco Potter's Choice Deep Firebrick, since it matches my kitchen and I love it, but you'll have to decide how you want to finish yours off in the end...

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio.

  • Do you ever find yourself running short on time to get a project finished, especially around Christmas? You know, the one you told a friend you would make for them to give as a gift, even though you barely have enough time left to finish what you've already got going.

    I find myself in that situation occasionally and have learned a few tricks to help me complete the project on time. Of course, I'm upfront with my customer on how I will achieve it in the time available. If they don't like the idea, then my answer has to be "I'm sorry, there just isn't enough time for me to complete this project by when you need it."

    What are the tricks I've discovered you ask? Keep reading to find out.

  • I LOVE ANGELS! They have to be one of my favorite accessories. Not only are the representative of many things, they are beautiful and welcoming, and I make a lot of them during the holiday season.

    Some people only think of angels near Christmas, however; a lot of people display them all year round, so why not capitolize on it with salt and pepper shaker angels?

    In today's post, I will show you an easy way to make angel shakers, but feel free to modify the project to create other shapes.

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