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  • Have you been following along on our sculpting an elephant journey? If so, this post is going to bring it all together for you!

    In today's post we'll continue to add body parts and begin to sculpt the shape and form. When you are done with this step, your piece is actually going to look like an elephant!

    Are you excited to get going? Well, let's head to the studio!

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  • I have to admit, I generally use commercial glazes, however; there are a few that I like to mix myself. That being said, there are a few tools I couldn't do without!

    Whether you choose to mix your own glaze from scratch, or mix up a pre-mixed dry glaze, you may want to read on for some tips to make it a little easier.

    Now let's talk about those tools:

  • Some of you have been anxiously awaiting this post! In our previous posts on sculpting an elephant, we learned what tools we need, how to form the primary components of the sculpture, and how to keep them soft enough to work with.

    Today though, this is the exciting stuff... we get to start putting it all together!

    Let me remind you before we begin, I have never made an elephant sculpture before, so this project is designed to bring up obstacles you may encounter while working on it. If something I do doesn't work for you, tweak it to suit your style.

    Are you excited yet? Well, what are we waiting for... grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

    • Clay Blog Review: January 2017 - Pottery Making Info |

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  • Let me ask you a question... do you drink coffee or tea? If so, do you add a little honey, sugar, or cream? Yes, you say... well what do you do with your teaspoon once you stir it up?

    Let me guess, you do the same thing I used to do... you lay it on a napkin right? Well, no more of that! Today I'm going to show you how to make an adorable teaspoon rest for on the counter.

    All you will need is a bit of clay, underglaze, sponge, water, your finger, and maybe a teeny tiny paint brush.

    Let's get to the studio and make a couple. One for you and one to share!

  • I'm so excited... I can barely contain myself! Today's the day we actually start the primary form of our elephants body in the series, "How To Sculpt an Elephant!"

    This is a series for those of you who have always wanted to learn how to sculpt. A step-by-step overview on turning a lump of clay into a beautiful sculpture.

    If you missed "How To Sculpt An Elephant - Part 1," you may want to take a peek at it to see what tools and supplies you will need. Once you do that, come back here and join us on an exciting adventure!

    Now that you're up to speed on tools and supplies, let's talk about what we plan to accomplish today, we will be building the key elements for our sculpture - Body - Head - Legs...

    You will need the following for today...


    • Elephant picture
    • Clay
    • Water/sponge
    • Newspaper
    • Dowel rods (various sizes)
    • Wire cutter
    • Needle tool

    Let's get started!

    • Harriet Blank | #

      Thank you sooooo much for doing this series. I have been looking for instructions like these, i.e., step by step. I can't wait until next week.

      Thanks again.

    • Clay Blog Review: January 2017 - Pottery Making Info |

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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 |

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  • 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...

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