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  • Ok... so I was at a local Dollar store and in the mood for a change. I saw Styrofoam floral rings hanging on display and thought... "They would work as a slump mold for making plates, platters, and bowls." So I picked up a couple and headed back to the studio.

    I don't know about you but I'm all about easy options for making larger pieces. That's one reason I love using Styrofoam floral rings, the other reason is they are light, durable, and easy to store on a peg, taking up less of my shelf space!

    Let's head to the studio and I will show you just how easy it is to make a plate without a lot of fuss!

  • 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!

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Making Multiple Clay Handles […]

  • Every now and again something simple catches my eye and gives me an idea. For example, the other day I was in the studio stringing some coasters together when I saw the string sitting next to an underglaze bottle.

    As simple as this sounds... I loved the way the string was just a bit curly, organic, and messy... and it gave me an idea for designing a few pieces.

    Here's what I came up with...

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: String and Underglaze for Unique Patterns […]

  • Living out in the country, Barn Swallows are a very common sight. Watching them swoop down to the pond for a drink, or up into the rafters of my barn, have become one of my favorite pastimes.

    Sitting on the porch the other day, watching them flutter around then swoop down for bugs and drinks, I thought... "Why not bring some of that enjoyment into the studio?"

    So, I devised a plan, searched the web for some pictures, and got to work! Wanna see what I came up with? Well grab your coffee and follow me out to the studio!

  • A few years ago I purchased an upright spoon rest from a book party a friend of mine had. I absolutely love the way it holds the spoon, and it takes up less room on my stove.

    Unfortunately, a few months ago, I dropped the ceramic piece of the spoon rest and it broke. Let me just say this... it didn't take long for me to realize how much I was going to miss it!

    So, what choice did I have than to buy a new one right? Wrong!!! I am a potter... why couldn't I come up with a design to make an upright spoon rest out of clay?

    Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio if you want to make one yourself.

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Upright Pottery Spoon Rest Project […]

  • A couple weeks ago we made the beginning stages of a decorative log candle. Today, we are going to complete that project. If you didn't read Part 1, follow this link Functional and Decorative Log Candle - Part 1, to take a look.

    I'm going to show you how to add the flower, use underglaze to give it a rustic finish, and explain the firing process I used for this beauty, so grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

    If you followed along with part 1 and already made the log, this is where you want to be... if you haven't made the log yet, follow the link above to make the log, then join us back here to finish it up.

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Functional and Decorative Log Candle – Part 2 […]

  • While preparing for a craft show this week, I was wondering... "What can we do to help boost our sales this year?" I took inventory of the items we would be offering at the show and decided to venture into soap making. "Why," you ask???

    Well, we offer several different styles of soap dishes, shaving mugs, and containers that soaps look great in, so why not have soap available to go with them?


    Today's post is all about some little tricks to help you sell your wares... so grab a pencil and paper and jot down a few notes!

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Boost Your Pottery Sales By Adding Accompanying Items […]

  • Who doesn't love a beautiful candle? Not only do they add character to your home, but they work well in a power outage! Don't depend on those generic candles you picked up at the grocery store... keep one on display and it's at the ready if needed.

    Today's project is a little tougher than some that we've done in the past but it's well worth the effort! Ps... we will begin the project today and finish it off in Part 2.

    So grab your coffee, put on your best creative hat, and follow me to the studio!

  • With early summer fruit starting to ripen on the vines a lot of folks are digging out their handed down family recipes and baking up a storm! Instead of laying that old recipe card on the counter, why not make yourself (friends/family too) a beautiful recipe card holder?

    You don't use recipe cards... you use a cookbook instead? Well, just increase the size of the design, and it will accommodate those books just as nicely as it will the cards.

    Are you ready to make a super easy project that will brighten up your counter and last a lifetime? Heck, you could even hand the holder down with the recipe cards you've cherished forever.

    PS... I'm using a brown stoneware clay for this project, however; you can make it out of whatever clay you work with.

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Hand Built Recipe Card Holder […]

  • I was asked a few weeks ago to make some mugs with a company's logo on it. Since I don't slip cast, I figured the best way for me to do it would be to make a template, and hand build them.

    I reached out to a few people with CNC Routers, to make them out of wood for me, however; they just didn't turn out as I had planned. The amount of time I had to put into them to "clean-up" the wording was definitely not cost effective!

    What to do??? Well, I decided to bring out the Dremel Tool and a piece of printing linoleum, then try my hand at carving the logo.

    This is how I did it...

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

      […] Big Ceramic Store: Making Clay Logo Templates […]

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