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Glaze fire done! Order Update--up to Feb. 2nd.

Yay!  Successful glaze firing!  I unloaded the kiln Friday night and here are some pictures.  I'll be decorating these pots this weekend and hope to do the last firing on Sunday night.  I'll keep you posted!  Thank you all for your patience! 

Bottom shelf of kiln after glaze firing

Top shelf after glaze firing

Peeking inside...low view!

Glaze Fire: Order Update for orders up to Feb. 2nd

Note:  This is part of the batch of pots which incluses orders up to Feb. 2nd. 

Loaded kiln tonight for the glaze fire!  Kiln will fire for about 18 hours and reach approx. 2,400 degrees F before switching off.  I "stilt" any pots which may stick to the shelf during firing.  This includes my soup mugs, coffeehouse mugs & potbelly mugs as the handles go very low to the shelf.  If the glaze runs down the handles and sticks to the shelf--it's all over!

First photo is the bottom shelf, 2nd photo is the top shelf.

Glaze fire - top shelf of inside kiln after loading

Pretty Bottoms!

The last step of glazing is cleaning off the bottom of the pot of any glaze.  If you don't, the glaze will fuse the pot to your kiln shelf!  So, I take a sponge and clean the bottoms and then trim around the bottom edge leaving some clay revealed.  You need extra space in case the glaze runs down the outside of the pot.

Next I stamp my Maker's Mark - my Crop Circle Clay logo onto the bottom of the pot with white underglaze.  Underglaze doesn't have silica in it, so it won't stick to the shelf.

Pretty bottoms!

Pretty bottoms!

Glazing!

Hello, friends!  I've been glazing a load of pots which include orders up until Feb. 2nd.  Wanted to share some pictures with you.  In case you haven't ever taken a pottery class, when you dip or brush your glazes on they don't look like the finished piece.  Glaze isn't like paint.  It's a combo of silica (glass) and stains & stuff.  The bisque fired pots are very absorbent and they suck up the moisture in the glaze pretty quickly. 

"Made to Order" Orders Update

**Status update: This batch is orders placed up to Feb. 2nd** Unloaded the kiln last night, washed off pots and they're ready to glaze! Sitting pretty in the morning sun. Have to run to Dayton to buy some glaze, then I will start glazing them this afternoon. Each pot gets 3 colors brushed on; 2-3 coats for each color. ‪#‎cropcircleclay‬ ‪#‎handmadepottery‬ ‪#‎mug‬

Pots ready to glaze

"Made to Order" Orders Update

Order update: batch of orders placed up to Feb. 2nd. They're in the kiln now getting their first firing, the BISQUE firing, which I fire at cone 04, about 1,200 degrees F. Firing will take 18-24 hours to heat up and cool down completly.  Here are some pictures for you... #cropcircleclay #handmadepottery #mug #ceramics
 
Dry pots ready to load into the kiln for their first firing 4-21-16
Bottom shelf full of pots
Top shelf of pots ready for their first firing; the bisque fire

First post on my new website!

I'm trying something new.  I've had a few websites which I created on a couple of different platform providers.  They were fine for that time.  But, I'm ready for a new website with a fresh look.  Some artist friends recommended IndieMade to me and I decided to give it a go!  So, we'll see.  There is always a learning curve during setup.  Right now I'm still trying to figure out how to make my "shop sections" work.  Still have to set up my shipping profiles and connect to my own domain.  But, the creation of a new image

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