Lil’ Band plays the bar

Here is Jerry Leger & the Situation, a band I saw playing at Castro’s lounge in Toronto, Canada.

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Pottery wheeling

Earlier this year, I embarked on another level of clay fun. I took a wheel class to through Jefferson Community Center to learn to “throw pottery”. I love that the instructor–the ever-so talented Molly Hueffd–calls the class “Clay for the Soul” as my soul so needed to play with clay this last year.

These are the final batch of goodies that I made during my summer class; they are still in the greenware stage here (meaning they have not been fired in the kiln yet). I hear they are ready for me to pick up and I can’t wait to see what these look like when they have been glazed and fired.

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Too bad I will have to wait until next month to see them.
The waiting will kill me!

Glazing the Whimsical Bird Bed and Breakfast

Yesterday I posted the finished products of my toiling. Sorry I didn’t take shots of the assembly process, but I did document the glazing process. It was new for me to use these sorts of glazes and mix them in a such a way, so I wrote everything down in case there were parts I wanted to replicate. I also started numbering my pieces with a stamp on the bottom using a cover coat rather than a glaze.

Enjoy!

Whimsical Birdfeeder – 1

Birdhouse from below

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Birdhouse Layout for Colors

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As you can see here, it is hard to tell what the the final glaze colors will look like when applied, which is why I took pictures of the jars and wrote down the names so I can compare when I am done.

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The ladybugs got their red and black glaze on another day before they hit the kiln. Copper wire was used for the antennae and glued in.

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Whimsical Birdhouse – 2

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Birdfeeder layout for glazes

 

Here are the glazes I used for the feeder, pictured in order of the sections I applied them.

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These 2 were not listed on the layout sheet: The green apple is insider the house and the teal blue is on the bottom. Neither of these are glazes, so they don’t melt & stick to the kiln when applied on the bottom and they are not slippery when the birdies sit on the edge of the house hole.

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Back of birdfeeder

 

Thanks for Marissa Motto for her fabulous design and instruction. I can’t wait to take the Garden Bells class with her in November!

Schack Art Center Classes taught by Marissa Motto
  • Make fun ceramic art bells for adults and youth-
  • session #1 – Sept 24-Oct 8, Wednesdays 4:30-7:30 pm
  • session #2 –Nov 6-Nov 20, Thursdays 4:30-7:30 pm