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Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • I love using clay coils to create interesting bowls, platters, vases, etc... however; it's not nearly as easy as you might think. Rolling a coil can be a bit more challenging than it appears.

    Once you get the hang of it though, the possibilities are unlimited! You can go tall and thin, short and fat, oval or square, or create your own unique shapes.

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio where I will give you step-by-step instructions for creating a large colander out of coils.

  • I'm in the process of making turkey platters for Thanksgiving, and I know the biggest challenge is going to be, how to prevent warping.

    There are several things to keep in mind when you are making large, flat pieces. For instance... how to shape it, how to dry it, and how to move it from table to shelf, and shelf to kiln while in the fragile green stage.

    Keep reading for a few tips that are sure to help you out.

    • Clay Blog Review: October 2016 - Pottery Making Info |

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  • With all the different types of bats out there, how do you know which one to use, or if you even need one at all? I personally don't think I could do without them!

    For starters, bats make it easy to move some of the more delicate pieces I make. For instance, large wide bowls are difficult to take off the wheel head until they've set up quite a bit, and that takes my wheel out of commission until I can move it.

    Not only that, but sometimes I use a little too much water on an already very soft clay, and the walls start to fall. If you take the whole bat off the head and set it aside to dry a while, you can put it back on and pick up right where you left off... no need to try and re-center.

  • This is the time of year when we all start to think about how we can increase our sales for the Holidays. By now, you should have some Thanksgiving and Christmas items on your shelves.

    If you don't already have an inventory of products, and need some ideas, just visit some of our previous blog posts for projects like, Blessing Jars, Thanksgiving Platters, Angels For All Occasions, Cookies For Santa Plates, etc...

    Ready to boost your holiday sales? Let's talk about some ways to get it done...

    • Clay Blog Review: October 2016 - Pottery Making Info |

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Increasing Your Pottery Sales For The Holiday Season […]

  • Napkin ring holders are one way to spruce up your table. Whether they are for a holiday, family meal, or to give as a gift, not only are they inexpensive... they are super easy to make.

    Hallowen is only a couple weeks away and you could easily have them ready by then, but I'm gearing this post toward Thanksgiving. If you want to make some for Halloween, just change the design to a cute ghost or scary monster!

    Grab a cup of coffee and let's head to the studio...

    • Jeannie | #

      Love this idea! I'm going to make some for my Thanksgiving dinner!

    • Clay Blog Review: October 2016 - Pottery Making Info |

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Napkin Ring Holders For All Occasions […]

    • Felicidad Phyllis Morgan | #

      This is perfect! thank you! I will start "playing" with designs and patterns this weekend. can't wait.

  • Creative clay pumpkin faces you ask??? Well, every year we try to come up with a new and unique way to decorate pumpkins at our house. This year I'm creating face pieces from clay to put on the pumpkins. By making several sets of eyes, teeth, ears, noses and such, not only will each be unique, but the pieces be used from year to year.

    Even though I generally use a Cone 6 Stoneware clay, this project can easily be done with other types of clay. No need to miss out on the fun if you don't have a kiln... just get yourself some air dry, self-hardening, or oven-bake clay and get creative!

    Let's head to the studio and see what we can come up with...

  • With the change of seasons, one of the first things I did was check my glaze inventory to make sure I have the fall colors I need. The first group I checked were my Coyote Glazes.

    Coyote glazes are one of my favorites. The selection of colors, the ease of use, and versatility, have become invaluable to me. Whenever I want to use multiple colors on a pot, I know I can pick from my Coyote selection. Not only for the colors, but all the testing I've done, has led me to a large group of compatible mixes.

    Today we'll talk about some of the benefits of these glazes and colors that will put the autumn feel into your pots!

  • Halloween is only a few weeks away and it's time to finish up projects for the decorating you plan on doing. Hanging ghost or witch bells in your trees, on the porch, and in the house are a great way to finish up.

    Today I will show you how to take a piece of clay and create a bell worthy of the gouhls and goblins in your neighborhood! I'm using Amaco White Stoneware No. 38 clay, but you could use any type you choose. Ps... you can even use an Air Dry or Self-Hardening clay for the kiddos.

    Grab your cup of coffee and follow me to the studio!

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