#NaNoWriMo 2014 Participant

I’m participating in this years #NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo

So, I don’t think I’ll have time for my pottery blog this month!

I’ll try and update you on my progress though.

Check out my #NaNoWriMo Emergency Survival Kit on my other blog

http://melindamariealexander.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/my-nanowrimo-emergency-survival-kit/

So far…as of November 8th my word count is 11,806

Not bad for my first year and being a pantser – headlighter!

This is intense!

I’m exhausted!!!

 

Shades Of Blue

I’ve added some new photos to my Etsy Shop!

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Blue Rain

I must admit, I’m not fond of rain anymore…not since I moved to Florida. It rains way too much here! I use to love playing in it when I was a kid. I still love the smell of wet earth and wet sidewalks though. When it just starts to rain, and the sidewalks and the ground gets wet…I love that smell. My glazes smell like that…wet earth.

This photo is so beautiful, it makes me want to jump inside it and play in the rain!

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Haunted Hollow   

I love this one! It’s so hauntingly eerie and spooky looking.

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Moonlight

I love how this typography print came out! I love the color combinations of black, gray, several shades of blue and white…with glittery little stars here and there. I love how the darkness is around the outside edges and the light is shining in the middle.

I think I’ll list one without the typography also.

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Star Dust

I absolutely love this one! The different shades of blue, go from dark and vibrant to soft and subtle…with twinkling little stars shining all over the place. Love it!

Branding My Pottery

which dinnerware design with text

I’m working on branding my pottery. I don’t feel like I’ve done that yet!

I’m a designer.

I love to design and I’m always thinking of new ideas, new designs and new items. I don’t like making the same thing over and over again. I like to make different things, all the time…which is not good for branding. At least that’s what I’ve been led to believe.

I’m going to try, and focus on one or two designs. Fingers crossed…because I’m not sure how long that will last!

So, which design do you think I should focus on?

#1 Backwater Bay

#2 Brooklawn Park

#3 Tropical Breeze

#4 Vintage Cottage.

I think I’ll do a blog series about branding. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out and make it easier for people to understand. Because it’s been giving me a headache!

Thanks so much!

Raven Hill Pottery is re-opening!

Midnight…October 22

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Don’t mind the mess, I’ll be busy re-listing expired items and updating my shop!

Come on by and have a look around.

http://www.ravenhillpottery.etsy.com

See you there!

Potters Choice – Deep Sienna Speckle

 

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This is the perfect time of year to do a blog post about another one of my favorite Potters Choice glazes…

Deep Sienna Speckle

I’m not very patient when it comes to trying out a new glaze. I don’t like waiting to try it out on some test tiles, so I use small items like these leaf pendants. Test tiles are not only a waste of my time, they also take up much-needed space in my workshop, and then I can’t do anything with them. When I use something small to test a glaze and it comes out great, I can sell it! If not…no big deal!

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Then I try it out on something a little bit larger, like my super cute bird ornaments. I love these birds!

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And these really cute mittens! This glaze is always consistent. I’ve never had a problem with it. I love glazes like this!

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Then I try it out on something a little larger with a bowl like shape to it, so I can see how the glaze works on something that’s not flat. Like my little heart dishes. It came out great! And because it’s a transparent glaze, it’s great with texture.  

Oh, before I forget…everything so far has been glazed on B-Mix 5 clay.

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These heart dishes are so cute!

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Now I’m ready to try it out on some of my maple leaves.

This glaze looks great on my leaves. I love it!

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They were made with B-Mix 5 clay also.

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Now it’s time for some bowls.

These moon bowls were made with #50 stoneware clay. The color is a little darker, but it still looks great! I love the rough rustic look of these bowls.

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These bowls were made with B-Mix 5, and no texture. It looks great with texture and without. It’s easy to brush on, which I really like. And it’s reliable and consistent…what more could you ask for! 

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This bowl came out nice.

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I love the way this flower bowl came out! Doesn’t it look great?

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I used #50 stoneware clay for this bowl. It’s a buff colored clay after firing with speckles in it. The glaze usually comes out a little darker than if it had been glazed on B-Mix.

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Now it’s time to try it out on some plates with no texture.

I love it, I need to make more of these.

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I love how this glaze shows every little detail of this texture. It looks amazing!

*Please note: When firing this glaze, fire it with speckle glazes only, like Deep Firebrick or Deep Olive Speckle. The specks fly around in the kiln atmosphere and will go on your other glazes. I always fire these glazes separate from my other glazes.

Hmmm…what should I try it on next?

Maybe some mugs! 

 

No Pottery for a While!

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I injured my shoulder last month.
I rested it for a few days, but as soon as I made something, it flared up again. This happened over and over again. So, I decided to put my Etsy Shop on vacation, but I had to wait until my orders were processed. These are the last two sales I had, before putting my shop on vacation. My shoulder was actually feeling a little better, so I thought …Hmmm, maybe I can still keep it open. But then I packed these orders and it flared up again. I have to rest my shoulder, no pottery, and no packing! Thankfully it’s my left shoulder and not my right.
I’ll still be blogging when I get a chance. Maybe I’ll be able to catch up on all the blog posts I’ve been wanting to do, and hadn’t had the time!
So, now I can work on my book!
If you’d like to see what I’m doing, check out my other blog, Facebook Page and follow me on Twitter. Thanks!
See you soon!

 

Vintage Cottage

 I love old houses with character, and charm!

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It’s the inspiration behind my handmade dinnerware
called Vintage Cottage. The design reminds me of an old tin ceiling,
in a home with beautiful woodwork, moldings, old wooden floors,
radiators, and a claw foot tub. We actually had a claw foot tub in the first house my husband and I purchased. It was built in 1912, it had original varnished woodwork, huge cast iron radiators and old wooden floors. I miss that house. Too bad we couldn’t take it with us when we moved.
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The dinnerware starts out as a bag of B-Mix clay. A combination of stoneware and porcelain. I love working with this clay, it’s so smooth and really nice to work with. It does have its draw backs though. Sometimes it tends to crack. So, I baby it. As long as I let it dry slow, it’s fine. Do you like my water bucket? I like to recycle.
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I cut chunks of clay with my wire tool, and smash them together on my slab roller. I kind of like this part. I get to punch it! Those marks are from the end of my fist. Oh, here’s a tip! If you want a really nice clean surface, use an old sheet over your canvas. I use them all the time. I have a draw full of old sheets that I cut up to fit my slab roller. I also cover the clay with another sheet as well, so both sides have a nice smooth clean surface.
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After I roll out the clay, I add texture, then cut out what I need, and shape it into plates. I let them dry a little, so they set up and don’t lose they’re shape. Then I clean them, let them dry completely, and then bisque fire them. And this is what my handmade plates look like after they’ve been bisque fired. This is a dinner plate and a lunch/side plate
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Each plate and bowl is made one at a time, so each one is unique, and different. The design will differ slightly from plate to plate, and from bowl to bowl, depending on where I cut out the plate, or bowl from the slab.

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These are side plates
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After they’re washed, I let them dry. Then I wax the bottoms, and let them dry again. Once they’re completely dry, I can start glazing. I usually start glazing the bottoms first, then the top and end with the rim.
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These are glazed in Antique Celadon Green by Duncan
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I like this glaze!
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This bowl was glazed in Vintage Blue by Duncan
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This glaze is Deep Olive Speckle by Potters Choice
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This is Deep Sienna Speckle by Potters Choice
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And this one is Deep Firebrick by Potters Choice
new amaco glazes
I really want to try these new glazes by Amaco.
I think Vintage Cottage would look fabulous in these colors!
Which color do you like?
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I might try these too!
What do you think?
Which color would you like for your kitchen or dinning room?