Day 37, Unloading the Kiln

Bird Feeder
Just the right size for the little chickadees.

I know it looks a bit odd. But looking interesting is what this life is all about.  How do we really know what the birds like if we don’t give it a try.
The piece is solid with plenty of overhang to keep the rain from coming in.
Lots of room for a few birds at a time and glazed with earthy tones that just might attract them to it.

Inside of the Bird Feeder
Solid, not too slippery and glazed with earthy colors.
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Day 34, Glazed Horse Plate

Picture of the finished glazed piece. A textured plate with a horse embossed in the center. It’s a pretty good sized platter. Well suited for serving cake and cookies on. Ok it would do just a well with crackers and cheese, or a nice fruit plate.
The ends of the plate as you can see, curled a bit in the drying process.
Not quite the flat plate I started out to get. It justs adds to the character of the piece.

Glazed Horse Platter
Glazed with Ancient Jasper and a coat of Celedon Sky blue over the top.

I do have to admit, I did not spend all day in the pottery. We glazed up a few so we can fire the klin again and I baked a cake. Have you ever heard of Herman. Well he is a sour dough starter that you keep in the refrigerator growing. You feed him every five days, and you use him to make wonderful cakes, breads and cookies. Today we made cake.

Herman Bundt Cake
Cake made from a Herman sour dough starter.
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Day 32, Pottery Birdhouse

Today I rolled out a few slabs and tried my hand at making birdhouses.
You can tell I have spring fever already. Thinking bird houses and planting the garden. My garden has a look of pottery also. All the pieces that don’t turn out or are not good enough to use in the house, decorates the yard and the garden. Using un-glazed pottery to plant small flowers or herbs around is quite useful. The pottery soaks up and holds the water, letting the plants have access to it slowly.

Pottery Birdhouses
Pottery Birdhouses made with slabs.
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Textured Plate, Day 5

Day five of my 40 day pottery challenge. The day started out a little busy. We had ordered a new mattress for our king size bed. It was delivered the yesterday, we opened it and let it reinflate itself. Being a memory foam mattress they squish them into one large box. You remove it from the box and let it regain it’s shape.
This morning we removed our old mattress and the two of us juggled the two mattresses around and now we have the new one on the bed and they old memory foam mattress on the flour in the living room.
Did I happen to mention that our bedroom and living room are both on the second flour.
Quite the process to go through for a new bed.

Then it was off to the pottery studio to see what I could get done before heading off to class at 11 oclock.  I did by the way get a textured plate made. I hand threw a slab by flipping it over and over, stretching the clay untill it reached the desired thickness and shape. At this point I rolled a texture into it using sample sheets of wall paper. Then using a mold I formed the desired shape. Let it get leather hard during the day and viola!! I have a plate.

Becca holding Textured Plate from Slab
Plate made from slab using embossed wall paper.



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