Product Spotlight

  • When I was making my mugs and such, I used to make one handle at a time, however; I've discovered it's much more rewarding to make a bunch and have them ready to go.

    And... to make life even easier, I've recently discovered the Kemper Handle Maker, which helps me make a ton of handles in a short amount of time!

    Are you making mugs, jugs, pitchers, etc...? Why not make all the handles at the same time so you can have them ready to attach, and... the best part... you can make them all look alike if you want!

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  • I regularly attend an event that benefits kids from 1-100 with disabilities. They auction off a lot of cool stuff but one of my favorites is the paintings done by the horses and their dog named "Blue."

    As a matter of fact I have several hanging on my studio wall. They remind me, that all things great and small, add beauty to our world!

    Recently, on a social media site, I ran across paintings done by a dog... Ok, he had a little help from his humans, but it gave me an idea for our blog. Why not do it on clay with some underglaze???

    Grab your coffee, some play clothes, a fur baby, and follow me to the studio! Don't have your own fur baby? You may want to borrow one because this is really cool!

  • If you're in the market for a potter's wheels, whether you need a new one, or if you're just getting started, this is the post for you. We will discuss the different styles, manual vs. electric, and the benefits of each.

    Let's get started with the most popular wheel...

    Electric Wheel

    Electric wheels are by far the most popular for several reasons...

    1. Easy to use
    2. Versatile
    3. Forward/reverse functions
    4. Many styles to choose from
    5. Tabletop models available for portability

    So what makes electric wheels so easy to use? Well, you put your clay on the wheel head... turn it on... and press the pedal! It rotates at the same speed for as long as you want, or you can speed it up and slow it down when needed.

    If you're a beginner, the simplicity of this wheel's operation is exactly what you need! No need to worry about keeping your feet moving while you're concentrating on your hand movements.

    If you're working on a "masterpiece" and have to stand up or move around to see it from different angles, or in motion, this is the perfect type of wheel for you.

    There are a wide range of makes/models available on the market today. When you are deciding on a purchase, my suggestion is... "Don't go for the cheapest... go for the best... the one that best suits you!"

    Kick wheels

    Kick wheels are not as popular as electric wheels, however; many professionals prefer them over electric wheels for several reasons...

    1. The ability to rotate freely clockwise/counter-clockwise
    2. Without a motor, they are pretty much maintenance free
    3. They virtually last a lifetime
    4. They are perfect for trimming your pieces
    5. There is a unique feeling that goes with a kick wheel... often referred to as a "zen-like feeling"
    6. Some manufacturers offer kickwheels with motors. You simply engage the motor when you need a break, or for detailed work.

    Note: Kickwheels are very heavy making them difficult to move. They also require a lot of leg action, which could lead to knee problems in the future.

    That being said, if you want to be "one with nature," this type of wheel will help you get there!

    Specialty Wheels

    Portable Wheels are great for those that want to take them along on vacation, or if you live in different homes throughout the year. They also make a great wheel for teachers!

    Rehabilitation Wheels are phenomenal for those that cannot use a regular wheel. They are wheelchair accessible, larger than other wheels, have casters that make them easy to move into position, and lock down feet to keep them stationary for throwing.

    Whatever your wheel needs are, don't hesitate to email our Customer Support Team, or call us toll free at 888-513-5303,for additional information and answers to any questions you may have!

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  • 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.

  • It's really starting to feel and look like spring out there! Do you have your spring glazes in stock and ready to go? If not, here are some recommendations from BCS.

    What colors do you think of when you think spring? Me... well, pink, purple, yellow, green, blue... all in pastel are the ones that immediately come to mind. They remind me of Easter, and Easter reminds me that spring is here.

    One of the easiest ways to get your "color on" is to check out the color charts available from the different glaze manufacturers.

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  • Do you have any mending agents in your supply closet? If you work with mid to high fire clays, and don't have Marx Aztec High Fire Mender in there, you don't know what you are missing out on!

    Recently we did an elephant sculpture series, and to my dismay, I broke his tail while I was glazing him. Not all was lost though, Marx mending agent saved my tail!

    Today I want to talk about a couple different agents and their use, so grab a notebook and settle in for some good info!

  • If you've followed our elephant sculpture series, you know I left it at a point where you could finish it the way you wanted, however; if you haven't finished it yet, you may want to see how I am finishing mine.

    I will use a combination of mason stains and glazes, to give depth and definition to the details, as well as leaving some areas bare to accent the piece.

    You will need a black mason stain, white glaze (I prefer a satin matte finish), a couple small mixing containers, and brushes.

    Follow me to the studio and let's see how it turns out!

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  • Graffito Underglaze Transfer Paper from Minnesota Clay Company to the rescue!

    Have you ever seen an image you thought would look great on a pot but didn't know how to get it there? You tried the old lead pencil trick... you know the one... color the back of the paper with a lead pencil then flip it over and draw over the design to transfer it onto your work.

    Then, after all that work, you still aren't done! You have to get out your underglaze and brushes and paint the pot. Ugh! What a task it's turning out to be, right?

    Well not anymore! Follow me out to the studio to see how much easier it can be!

  • 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:

  • 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.

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