A Flock of Birds

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I have a flock of birds…waiting to be glazed.

I love these little birds!

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I made some with a little extra texture.

I can’t wait to see how the glazes react with the texture!

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I made a few in a darker clay body, that has lots of specks.

Hmmm…not sure what glaze to try?

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This little guy is special! He was featured in the…

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He’s been tweeting about it ever since.

I think the other little birds are a little jealous! lol!

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Here are a few of his friends

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These blue birds were glazed with Duncan…Vintage Blue

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Love these glazes!

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The green birds were glazed with Duncan…Antique Celadon Green

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This one was glazed with Duncan…Shino Cream

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And these were glazed with Potters Choice…Deep Sienna Speckle

Potters Chioce Glaze Deep Sienna Speckle

I guess, I’ll just try a bunch of different colors and see what happens!

Since I have a Coyote Glaze firing next, I’ll try those first!

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Coyote Glaze Test – part three!

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Coyote Glazes on dark brown clay!

I love these flower rings, they came out great, and my daughter did a great job modeling them. These rings were glazed with light blue shino on dark brown clay.

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The vintage rose ring was made with dark brown clay, and glazed in goldenrod. The heart rings were made with dark brown clay also, and glazed in light shino. I love how the light shino shows inside the texture and the rest of the heart is brown, like chocolate kisses!

Coyote Glaze Test – part two!

 

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When I try a glaze for the first time, I like to try it on something small, like these leaves. I glazed this leaf pendant necklace in goldenrod. It came out great!

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I glazed a few leaves in Shino. I love these, each one came out slightly different.

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And I glazed one in Light Shino. I’m not too excited about this one. I think I’ll try one with Saturated Iron underneath the light shino. That should make it more interesting…hopefully!

Backwater Bay

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The inspiration behind Backwater Bay comes from growing up a mile from the ocean, in a Historic Seaport City, my mother called…The Gateway to the Cape!

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East Beach…New Bedford, Massachusetts, my playground!

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I start with a bag of B-mix clay (a combination of porcelain and stoneware.) I love the texture of this clay, it’s so smooth, and really nice to work with. I roll the clay into a slab using my slab roller, and then add the texture. Then once that’s done, I cut out the pieces I need to form each plate.

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I love my slab roller!

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Backwater Bay brings me back to my roots, to New England, my home. It brings back memories of rocky coast lines, the smell of the sea, summers spent at the beach, building sand castles, collecting sea shells, swimming in the ocean, the smell of suntan lotion, and ice cream cones. But most of all, it brings back memories of time spent with my family, and the people who I love.

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The texture, and design reminds me of ocean waves.

I love it, and I hope you do too!

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I love the way this glaze hugs the texture and magically changes in my kiln, from shelf to shelf. Making all the pieces…one of a kind!

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I’m calling this color…Stormy Sea!

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The off white plates are called…Sand Dollar!

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And now, they come in square!

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New rectangular trays, and coming soon…platters!

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I’ll be testing new glazes, so come back and check them out!

Oh, I almost forgot! A big thank you to my husband for coming up with an awesome name…Backwater Bay! Thanks Honey…I love it!!!

Please feel free to leave a comment, I love hearing from people! 

Thanks for stopping by!

I Love Leaves!

I love leaves! I love the way they sway in the breeze, the way they give you shade, on a hot sunny day, and the way they look…unique and different, like snowflakes and people!

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Inspiration for my platters and trays!

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Coming soon!

Making Slip!

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I made a bunch of slip the other day. I usually don’t make this much, at one time. I normally just make enough for what I need, but I have some plans for this slip. I can’t tell you yet, though! It’s a surprise.

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When I roll out a slab, I like to use up as much clay as I can. The little pieces I can’t use gets recycled into plastic freezer bags, some for wedging later, and some for slip. When I’m ready to make some slip, I break up the clay into little pieces, it takes less time that way. I put it in a plastic container, then I add water, and a secret ingredient I’ll tell you about in a little bit. Then I let it sit for a little while. When the clay starts to break down, I put it in a mixing bowl, so I can stir it.

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Every once in a while I give it a stir, until I think it’s ready to be strained. When it’s ready, I strain it into a clean bowl. I use a spoon to swish it around, because of the little lumps of clay still in the slip. If the lumps are too large, I just take them out and put it in a bowl for later.

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And here it is, one batch done…two more to go! Doesn’t it look yummy!

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Here’s a close-up view!

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Then I put it in a clean container!

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The secret ingredient I was telling you about before…is distilled white vinegar. When I first started making pottery I only used water in my slip. But then a few years later I met a potter who used white vinegar. At first, I thought it was kind of strange, and kind of smelly too. He told me that it made the clay beak down faster, and made the slip more sticky. So, I was curious! But, I didn’t try it right away, then one day I did! He was right! It breaks down the clay faster, so it takes less time to make slip, and it is stickier. So it’s great when you need to attach handles or anything else. I’ve been using it for 20 years now, and it works great. I don’t have any measurements for how much vinegar to add, I just wing it. I use mostly water, and eye-ball the amount of vinegar.

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Three batches…all done! I made them with different thickness, one is on the thin side, for attaching things like handles, the other one is little thicker, and the last one is even thicker. Now I just have to put the lids on.

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And now, it’s time to clean up!

Moving to WordPress

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I’m just a girl who likes to play in the mud, take photos and write scary stories.  I love the way clay feels in my hands…the way it squishes through my fingers when I throw…and I even like the way it smells.

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After starting my writers blog on wordpress several months ago, I’ve decided to move my pottery blog here as well. So, goodbye blogspot and hello wordpress. I like being able to customize my blog with my photos, and I really like being able to have my website and blog in one place, which is coming soon. So, I hope you’ll follow along, to see what I’m up to in my workshop. Feel free to comment, I love hearing from people.

If you’d like to check out my writers blog, where I’ll be posting a few lines from each chapter, here it is…

http://www.melindamariealexander.wordpress.com

Thanks for stopping by!