New Batch started!

Hello, friends!  After spending all day Saturday packing up the last load of pots, I finally got back into the studio to throw on Sunday--yay!  I enjoy all the steps of creating pottery and by the end I can't wait to get back in and start the whole process over.  So, here's a picture of what I threw Sunday afternoon after I trimmed them last night.  It's not "alot" but I was pretty tired by Sunday; that full moon really knocked me out!  NOTE:  This batch starts with orders placed starting Feb.

"B" Load finished! Packing up pots now...

(Note: "B" Load is the second group of pots on orders received up to Feb. 2nd)

Dear Friends:  Hello!  I actually loaded the kiln at midnight last night and got up a few times during the night to turn it up.  (Don't have a computerized one, I have a manual kiln).  So, this load is done now and I'm starting to pack up pots tonight.  If your mug is in this load you will get an email with your tracking# in the next couple of days.

B Load decorated...

Just got the "B" load all decorated--yay!  Will fire tomorrow, the last firing for this group.  The last firing is a low fire (cone 04) and will "burn" the iron oxide of the laser toner into the glaze, making the designs permanent.

B Load glaze fire done!

Hello, friends!  The "B-Load" orders up to Feb. 2nd are finished with their glaze fire.  I unloaded the kiln this afternoon and they are still cooling.  I'm going to start putting their designs on tonight; it will take me a couple of evenings, I'm estimating.  Then I'll fire them again (low fire to cone 04) to make the designs permanent. 


Closeup of pots after their glaze firing (cone 5, high fire)

Order Update: Orders up to Feb. 2nd - B Load

Hello, friends!  Happy Friday the 13th!  Now that I got all the pots from the "A Load" shipped out, I'm glazing those pots in the "B Load" -- those pots that I couldn't fit into the kiln with the first group.  I'm hoping to finish glazing this weekend and then I'll high fire them in the kiln.  If your order was placed before Feb. 2nd and you haven't received an email with your tracking# yet, your pot is in this batch.  Thank you for your patience!

Order Update: pots up to Feb. 2nd - Load A

I finally got ALL the pots from Load A out the door yesterday---yahoo!  It took me 3 (partial) days of packing up boxes to make sure they all arrive safely at their new home.  Before packing I sand the bottoms, clean them, give them Reiki and wrap them up with a bow!  Here's a photo of the group that was shipped yesterday...each one to a different customer.

Order Update: Orders up to Feb. 2nd - B Load

This load has been bisque fired and I just washed them off to prepare for glazing!  This is the second group of pots in the Batch of orders up to Feb. 2nd; I couldn't get them all in my kiln together.  After I get the A Load packed up and shipped out, I'll start glazing these babies this weekend!



Order Update: Pots up to Feb 2nd - A Load

**3rd and Final firing** Just loaded up the kiln for the final firing of this batch of pots.  This is "Load A" of the batch of pots on orders placed up to Feb. 2nd.  I finished decorating them this afternoon and now they are in the kiln for a cone 04 low fire to "burn" the laser decals into the glaze.  This is what makes the designs permanent!  This firing will take about 14-18 hours.

Decorating pots: ORDER UPDATE, pots up to Feb. 2nd--A Load

(Sunday night)...Still decorating this load of pots, been 2 days now; usually takes me 2-3 days.  I use laser decals which I print on my laser printer.  The artwork in this photo are henna tattoo designs by Jess Volinski, I purchased a commercial license from her.  The iron oxide in the toner of the printer burns into the glaze in the last firing (like a stain).  They are water-slide decals, so I cut them up and put them in water, then attach them to the pot where I want them.  

Order Update: Orders up to Feb. 2nd - B Load

I couldn't get all the pots of this batch into the kiln at once, so I'm now bisque firing the second group of these pots.  These are still for orders up to Feb. 2nd.  Bisque firing tonight!


Bisque firing pots in electric kiln


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