By the way, miracles can happen

January 15, 2018

Was a wonderful, exciting, and amazing day for me.

A day I will never forget…not ever! I’m still processing what transpired that day. I still can’t quite believe it. Sometimes I want to pinch myself, to make sure I’m not dreaming.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I had to write the most difficult post I’ve ever had to write on December 31, 2017. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here.

Sometimes, it seems to take forever for things to happen and other times, things can change very quickly. So quickly, you think you’re dreaming. It can’t be real…can it?

I have good news

Raven Hill Pottery will be re-opening soon

I got my miracle! I’m so thankful and grateful!!!

I’m happy to say, that I have the money to purchase a new kiln, a vent hood, and start working on my workshop. I’m not sure how long my workshop will take? The electrician knows what we need, we’re just waiting on a price. I’ve picked out the kiln and the vent hood already. There’s a lot to do, and once my new workshop is finished, I have to unpack a ton of boxes, get organized and buy lots of clay and glazes.

It’s going to be so much fun setting up a new workshop!

By the way, miracles can happen.

I’m so happy, so thankful and so grateful

Never stop dreaming, because dreams do come true

While I wait for my husband and the electrician to work their magic on my workshop.

I’ll be working on my pottery designs and getting organized. Plotting my book series, is helping me plan my pottery designs and how I’m going to glaze them. I’m going to be so ready when my workshop is finished.

Here’s a little sneak peek

Handmade plates…I love these glaze combinations. Aren’t they pretty?

Handmade bottles

I have so many ideas

I can’t wait to get my hands dirty

I’m just a girl who likes to play in the mud. 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.

by Melinda Marie Alexander

I’m so happy!!!

2018 is going to be a very good year!!!



From My Sketchbook


Every once in a while, I sketch some new designs in my sketchbook.

I really should do it more often, because it relaxes me.


All I seem to sketch lately are bottles, I’m not sure why? 


Plain bottles, in different colors and textured bottles


I love these rims


These are pretty cool!


I love this design and can’t wait to make it!


I love this one too!


I’m not sure about this one, what do you think?

I must create withtext

While I wait for my new workshop to come to life, I’ll just keep sketching new designs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Zig Zag


I’m participating in the…Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge

And this is the last post!

For at least a week, maybe more…I had absolutely no idea what to blog about, that started with the letter Z…just like my X marks the spot post.

So, I grabbed my sketchbook and started sketching. This is the first one I sketched. I’m not sure if I like these? I’ve decided, that I’m not really a fan of zig zag stripes…it’s kind of busy!


Second sketch

 I’m not sure if I like these either, but I do like the top of the bottles!


Third Sketch

Now, these I like! I think I’ll make these!


Last one…

I’m not sure if you can call this zig zag…but I really like these!

I’m definitely making these!

What do you think?

X marks the spot!


I’m participating in the…Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge 

For at least a week, maybe more…I had absolutely no idea what to blog about, that started with the letter X. I don’t have any items that start with an X, I don’t even know of any pottery terms that start with an X. Maybe there is, and I just can’t think of it right now…I don’t know? Planning a blog post about the letter X…was difficult for me. But, then one day I had an idea!

“I’ll just sketch something!” It started out as a joke really. Sketch a bottle, and put an X on it and call it…X marks the spot. Then I’d have my X blog post.

Easy Peasy!

But, then something happened when I opened my sketchbook, and started to sketch. My hand, and my pencil had a mind of its own, and these bottles are the result! I have to say…that I like these so much, I want to make them!

What do you think?


Those bottles inspired me so much, a few days later I sketched these.

I love these…I’m making these too!


And then last night, I sketched some mugs.

I think I’ll make a whole line of dinnerware with this design. What do you think?

Thanks…Blogging From A to Z, without you…these designs would not exist!

Now…What should I call them?

Glaze Combinations

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Here’s some of the glaze combinations I’m wanting to try on my bottles and vases, especially the simple, clean line forms. However, I think these could look great on the pieces with the handles too. Here’s a look at the sketches from yesterday’s post, just in case you missed it.

#1 Seaweed over True Celadon is absolutely gorgeous

#2 Frosted Turquoise over True Celadon is wonderful

#3 Lustrous Jade over True Celadon is really nice

#4 Arctic Blue over True Celadon is nice

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Oh, my goodness!

I feel like a kid in the candy store. I want to try every single one of these glaze combinations by Potters Choice. I can already see these glazes on my bottles and vases. And they would look great on dinnerware too. I love these! 

#1 Art Deco Green over True Celadon is absolutely gorgeous

#2 Umber Float over True Celadon is awesome

#3 Frosted Melon over True Celadon is so pretty

#4 Tourmaline over True Celadon is really nice

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Oh, my word!

I am in love with #1, isn’t it gorgeous! I can definitely see that one on my bottles and vases. Oh, and dinnerware too! I think I’ll try that one first. I have to do more than one post on these glaze combinations, there’s so many gorgeous colors. Wait till you see the blues and browns.

#1 Frosted Turquoise over Dark Green is absolutely beautiful

#2 Light Sepia over Dark Green is awesome

#3 Smoked Sienna over Dark Green is really nice

#4 Tourmaline over Dark green is so pretty

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How about these glaze combinations? Wow!

#1 Lustrous Jade over Smokey Merlot is awesome

#2 Seaweed over Smokey Merlot is gorgeous

#3 Iron Lustre over Smokey Merlot is really nice

#4 Tourmaline over Smokey Merlot is so pretty

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#1 Light Sepia over Smokey Merlot is really nice

#2 Deep Firebrick over Smokey Merlot is really nice

#3 Vert Lustre over Smokey Merlot is nice

#4 Toasted Sage over Smokey Merlot is so pretty

I’m really looking forward to trying these!

Which color combinations do you like?

From My Sktechbook


Here’s a little sneak peek inside my Sketchbooks!

I’ve been sketching, drawing and doodling since I was very young. Give me some pencils and paper, or crayons and coloring books and I was a very happy girl! I’d doodle on just about anything. My school work would sometimes have little flowers on it. My book covers would be covered in my drawings, doodles and big bubble letters. I couldn’t help it! If I had a pencil, pen, or better yet…a colored pencil in my hand, I would doodle and draw.


These sketches are about ten to twelve years old. I’m not sure I still like the one on the right? But I still like the one on the left!


These are so pretty. I love these shapes and I do love my sassy handles. A timeless design with a little modern flair.


I think these are my favorite, so far anyway! 

I love the round shapes and just a hint of sassiness in the handles.


I love ancient, old world pottery, and timeless designs. I love incorporating a timeless form with my own design and making it new and fresh. When I add my sassy handles, texture, text, or whatever else I decide at any given moment, and then add interesting glaze affects, it becomes new and fresh. I leave a little bit of me in and on every piece.  


I’ve actually never made these. But one day I will. I love these handles!


I sketched these about 6 months ago. I wanted something simple, with clean lines. Something that could go from modern to contemporary, to rustic (depending on the glazes I use) and even country. I think this design fits that goal. What do you think?  


I sketched a bunch of these about 6 months ago too. I had an idea about using inspirational text one this design, like dream, hope, wish, love etc. Each word with have a different design.

I’m really looking forward to making these!


Sunday, I sketched these. Clean simple lines again in different sizes. I can just see a group of these clustered together. I can’t wait!


I’m really liking these simple forms!

What do you think?


Earthen Vessels


I was going through my old photos, and stumbled across some photos of bottles and vases I made a long time ago. I forgot all about these! These photos are of bisque fired pieces (they hadn’t been glazed yet.) Now I really want to make some new ones! 

I love making sassy handles!


I love this handle!


I love the shape of this one, and the handle! I’m really looking forward to making more of these. I’m planning on experimenting with different glazes, and doing some glaze combinations to see what kind of effects I’ll be able to achieve. It should be interesting!


This one is still in it’s bisque form. I haven’t decided what glaze to use on it, or maybe I’m just too afraid to glaze it. I just don’t know what to do with it yet! I think I’ll make mini versions of this, and test some glazes out on the little ones first. I think that’s a good idea!


What colors do you think I should make the new ones in?

What are your favorite colors?