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Monthly Archives: December 2016

  • 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.

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    • 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!

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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!


  • 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.

  • Have you made some awesome pieces for the holiday season but you'd like to step them up a notch? Well, Duncan Ultra Metallic Acrylics are the perfect way to get your holiday shimmer on!

    They are amazingly bright and shimmery and will add that special touch to your already beautiful pieces!

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