Small Comforts

First throwing session longer than an hour since my wrists acted up. Went pretty well. I”ll stick to trimming tomorrow, to let them rest, but I seem to be mended. Tip from Alexis Templeton that I’ve finally gotten around to putting to use: soft clay is easier on the wrists and shoulders. If your clay is stiff, take it out of the bag, wrap it in a wet towel, re-bag it, and let it sit for a few days. The water will absorb into the clay and soften it.

I made a bunch of mugs for the shop and some teapot parts. Every Christmas, there’s a group show called Comfort and Joy, and that’s where I want the teapots to end up. They’re going to be a series of teeny, one-person, brightly-coloured pots called Small Comforts.

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Ta-da!

Cephalopots Mark 1 are all fired up, and deployed in the Craft Council Shop.

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I’m fairly happy with them, but will tweak the handle in the next run. I’m not entirely happy with the way the suckers rest against my fingers when I pick them up. (Two people agree with me that it’s awkward, two people say it isn’t. The two groups have entirely different mug-holding techniques; I think that’s the difference, more than any faults/virtues of the handles themselves.)

The bowl turned out perfect, though, so that’s getting scaled up to serving bowl and platter size as soon as I get my hands on another bag of reclaim. (Which we’re out of *again*. That shipment better come in soon.)

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Glazing

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The first cephalopots[1] are good to go. They’ve got a slightly modified version of the glaze on the third tile from the last post; same amount of colourant, and a wee bump in the refractories. Should give a smoother surface than the original recipe, without making it runny. I’ll take another picture when they come out of the kiln.

[1] And one Cthulhu mug, requested by my husband for his birthday. Jesse’s Green layered over Alkaline Green.

Mugs 2.0

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Second round of mugs. I know what I’m aiming for this time, but getting the height was kinda tricky. The shortest and tallest ones in the picture were the first and last mugs I threw the other day… The shortest was the first attempt (same height as the first batch o’ mugs), and the tallest (which is the height I was aiming for) was the last. Now that I know for sure I can actually do it with that amount of clay, I can get working on consistency.

Mugs

Back into production now. Yesterday I made some mug bodies; today I trimmed them, attached handles, and inlaid the designs.[1] I hadn’t done tall mugs yet–at least, not as part of a product line–so these ones are all a little different. I think I’ve worked out which height:diameter ratio I like best, though, and what kind of footring they look best with, so the next batch will be a lot more uniform.

The most matchy ones from today will end up in the CCNL shop; the others will probably be sold as one-offs on etsy. (Note to self: Sign up for etsy shop. Stock shop. Sell stuff.)

[1] I have a dinnerware line of black stoneware inlaid with white stoneware. It’s slightly unimaginatively called “Bug”, since all the designs are of insects. Mostly dragonflies, bees, and spiders, but now and then I’ll put out a snail or a centipede. It’s mostly a matter of whimsy.