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Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • One of the current trends is handmade soaps. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. The problem is finding a good quality, aesthetically pleasing, soap dish for those pretty bars.

    With any bar soap it's important to have a holder that allows it to drain properly and keep it from getting too soft and slimy. Besides, who likes to clean a soap dish that's been collecting all that mess?

    Today we are going to make a two-piece soap dish, that will not only look awesome holding your soap, it will bring style and personality to wherever you choose to place it!

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Pretty Little Soap Dishes […]

    • Vickie | #

      Thanks for the little how-to... sure wish I knew what kind of clay, fired in what kind make/model of kiln or at least temp/time etc.. kind of glaze? finished item photo?? love it, but a newbie here with a million newbie questions :D

    • johnmuller | #

      Hi nice article, thank you for sharing.. handmade soap is the best one to protect the skin.

  • Are you looking for a clay project for your little ones? One that they will absolutely adore? How about an Easter Bunny? It is that time of year...

    Well, here is a really easy and super cute one for them, and all you need is a paint brush and popsicle stick. It can be made of air dry and self-hardening, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware, and even polymer clay! Heck, you can even make it out of play doh!

    Round up the kiddos and follow me to the studio!

  • Christians all around the world are decorating their homes with items that symbolize Easter. The one piece that symbolizes Easter best, is the cross, for that's where the Easter Festival begins.

    If you're looking for an Easter project that will add a special touch to your home, or to give as a gift, this is the one. You only need about a 1/2 pound of clay, your hands, a bit of water, a scoring tool, and the desire to bring Christ into your home this season.

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: The Cross On The Hill […]

  • Along with the meaning of Easter, one of the first things that come to mind when I think of Easter... is of course... eggs. Pink ones, purple ones, blue ones, yellow ones... you get what I'm saying right?

    When I think of the eggs, I also think of how to glaze them, then how to display them. I know... they go in the Easter basket... but what about all those cute little ones? I'm putting mine in a nest this year.

    Not only will it help me with Easter decorations, they can stay out all spring long as part of the decor´!

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Slip Trailed Bird Nests For Easter Eggs And Spring Decor´ […]

  • With Easter only a few weeks away, I'm sure you have a couple projects sitting on the shelf waiting to be glazed. Why not put some of your underglaze to good use and give those projects a special touch!

    At Big Ceramic Store, we have many different underglaze colors, firing ranges, and manufactures, making it easy for you to choose the right ones for your work.

    Let's say you have a cute little chick you want to make a solid yellow... that's where an opaque underglaze like the Amaco LUG Series Yellow comes in handy. If it's too bright, just add a little white to tone it down.

  • Easter baskets are a must have! I'm not sure about you, but as Easter nears, I find myself trying to come up with ideas to "dress up" the Easter baskets I make.

    I've done all sorts of things in the past to dress them up... texture, applique', weaving, ropes, funky colors and shapes... but this year, I'm adding a new spin to them... cut-outs.

    Cut-outs can be added to wheel thrown or hand built projects. They can also be bent and twisted to make them stand out away from the body of the project for a 3D effect.

    You can get real creative with them or you can keep them real simple. How much effort you put into the design is your choice... I'm going to do a little simple and a little more detailed.

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

  • It used to be, that whenever I wanted to put a "motion" handle on a clay project, I would turn to bamboo handles. Recently thought, I've started making them from clay.

    When you want to put a movable clay handle on your project make sure you plan it out well. There are numerous things to consider;

    1. Shape
    2. Glaze or no glaze on the handles
    3. Attachment
    4. Design
    5. Drying/firing

    I've had a few failed attempts at handles in motion so I thought I'd share some tips to help you be successful with your handles.

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Clay – Putting Handles In Motion […]

  • Although I had a different topic picked out for today's post, however; I've decided to write on disappointing kiln openings, as it's very fresh in my mind since I had that this morning.

    Have you ever been so excited to open the kiln you could hardly wait for it to cool down? I've been there many times, however; I have learned to be a bit more patient over the years.

    This firing was one of those I couldn't wait to see though. I could have opened the kiln late last night but convinced myself to wait until today. I'm so glad I did, or I probably wouldn't have gotten much sleep!

    There isn't much I find more frustrating then opening the kiln to find some not so nice looking products. So what do you do next?

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Disappointment When Opening The Kiln […]

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