Quilted

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Work in progress!

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I haven’t decided what to do with this design…yet!

When I started making these plates, I put the design on the bottom…because I wanted a smooth clean surface on the top of the plate, for food. But now, I think I might put the design on the top as well. People can choose which one they like better, or they can mix and match. For example…a dinner plate with the design on the bottom, side plate with the design on the top, and bread and butter plate with the design on the bottom, or the other way around. A dinner plate with the design on the top, side plate plain and bread and butter plate with the design on the top. I think that would be cute!

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I’m not sure what colors I’ll glaze them in yet…either?

I’ll have to make a bunch of little plates and do some glaze testing to see how they come out, especially with the plates that have the design on the top. I’ll have to use a transparent glaze or at least a glaze that works well with texture.

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I really like this design.

I’m not sure what to call it though? I was thinking about calling it Cobblestone, but I’m not sure? What do you think I should call them?

Olive

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This glaze is called…Deep Olive Speckle

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It’s another great glaze by Potters Choice. It’s easy to use, brushes on nicely and is very consistent. I haven’t had any problems with it…at all! And it’s fantastic with texture. You can see every single detail. I really like that!

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It’s definitely a keeper!

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A while ago, I purchased two bottles of PC -41 Vert Lustre…mainly because it looked like a really nice dark green. It’s another great glaze by Potters Choice. It brushes on really nice, and it fires well…but it’s really difficult to photograph because it’s so glossy. If you don’t need to take photos, then it’s great!

After working with clay for almost 25 years, I’m getting a little picky with my glazes. They have to brush on easy (if I’m not dipping), they have to be consistent, and they have to photograph well. That’s really important if you sell online. You need good photos. So, if a glaze doesn’t photograph well…it’s gone!

I wasn’t pleased with myself for purchasing two bottles, I usually only buy one bottle at a time when trying out a new glaze. So, I decided to layer it with another glaze and see how that would work out.

I choose to layer it with Deep Olive Speckle. 

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Now, this is much better! I can photograph it…Yay!

The color is a little different from the test piece by Potters Choice, I kind of like this color better. It’s different because Potters Choice used 2 coats of Deep Olive Speckle and then 2 coats of Vert Lustre on top…four coats total. Four coats scare me, I think that’s a little too much glaze. I don’t want drips (I hate drips), and I don’t want the glaze to run onto my shelf. So, I used 2 coats of Deep Olive Speckle and 1 coat of Vert Lustre on top…three coats total. I like it! I think I’ll keep it. What do you think?

I think I’ll call this color…Pacific Pine

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Here’s a close-up view

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After trying it out on some leaves, I wanted to see how it reacted with texture. So, I tried it out on a couple of Birdie Bowls. You can see the texture through the glaze, but not as clearly as if it were just Deep Olive Speckle. That’s because Deep Olive Speckle is a translucent glaze and Vert Lustre isn’t. But, I like the way it looks. What do you think? 

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Here’s the other Birdie Bowl. There’s still some glare from the glossy glaze though. I’ll have to do some extra photo editing the next time I use this glaze combination.

I think this color would be great around the holidays.

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Since that glaze combination went well, I think I’ll try these glaze combinations, and see what happens. My test pieces probably won’t look exactly like these, because I’m not using 4 coats. We’ll see what happens!

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Hmmm…I have a lot of glaze testing to do!

Mirror Lake

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Several months ago, I decided to create a new line of handmade dinnerware called “The Lake House Collection.” So far, there are 5 different designs, each with their own name.

Mirror Lake…which actually use to be called Brooklawn Park, is now part of The Lake House Collection. I think the swirling leaf design (reminiscent of reflected leaves in the swirling water) fits better in this collection.

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Echo Lake…will be dinnerware with no texture, in the same colors as Mirror Lake. I’m thinking about putting the swirling leaf design on the bottom of the plates, but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see how it goes.

Mystic Lake…will be all about the glaze. I’ll be experimenting with glaze combinations and hopefully I’ll be able to make some magic!

Shadow Lake…will have some kind of leaf design, not sure yet though. It might be a little more moody and darker in color? I still have to figure this one out.

Sunset Lake…will be autumn colors, with and without texture.

The names I choose for the collection, are names of real lakes in Massachusetts, where I’m from. I thought it would be really nice to name them after real lakes.

I’m really looking forward to making this collection.

Check out…The Lake House on Pinterest!

What do you think of my new collection?  

 

Kiln

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This is my kiln…Charlotte Skutt. Yes, I named my kiln, and I think it’s cute!

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Here’s a little peek inside!

Usually I’m so busy loading my kiln, I forget to take photos. Then when I’m done, I remember. “Shoot, I should have taken photos!” Then one day, I finally remembered, and I’m so glad I did!

Hopefully I’ll remember to take photos more often.

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Bottom row done, on to the next row.

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Pieces ready to load.

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I start with the largest items first.

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The next row is done.

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More goodies ready to load.

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I had a lot of ornaments in this load.

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One more row, and then I’m done.

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Had some room for some test tiles.

Time to fire it up!

Dinnerware

Lu-Ray Vintage Dinnerware

I’ve been fascinated with dinnerware ever since I was 5 years old.

I’m not sure why?

My mother had a set of Lu-Ray Pastel Dinnerware displayed in the hutch, in the dinning room. Back then, I didn’t know what they were called, I just knew that I was fascinated by them. I’d go in the dinning room (which was only used for special occasions), and stare at them. I’m not really sure what it was that fascinated me so much? Maybe it was because each one was a different color, or maybe it was the colors themselves? I wonder how many other little girls were fascinated by dinnerware? Probably not too many. 

Who knew…that one day I would be making dinnerware. I certainly didn’t. One of these days, I’ll make my own version of pastel dinnerware. I just have to find the perfect glazes first. I’m not sure if I should just make them for myself, or also put them into production? What do you think?

Would you buy pastel dinnerware?

Clay

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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.

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There once was a little girl with big brown eyes who loved to play in the mud. When she wasn’t playing in the mud…her other favorite thing to do, was color. She colored and colored until she didn’t want to color anymore, and then she played with her easy bake oven.

Many years went by, and the little girl with the big brown eyes grew up. She continued to play in the mud, she still liked to color too, but she didn’t use her crayons anymore, she found something better…beautiful creamy glazes. So she colored her mud with the pretty creamy glazes. But she couldn’t put it in her easy bake oven anymore…because it was broken. So, she put it in her electric kiln instead, and every time she opened her kiln…it was like Christmas!

by Melinda Marie Alexander

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Ancestry

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We are who we are, because they were who they were!

I’ve been wanting to start production on this handmade dinnerware for quite some time now, but haven’t been able to test the glazes yet, and now that we’re moving…I guess it will have to wait a little bit longer.

I am the granddaughter of Portuguese Immigrants!

I’ve been fascinated by my ancestors ever since I was very little. Every time I was at my grandparents house, I’d ask my grandmother. “Can I go see the pictures?” I knew she would let me, but I would ask every single time. As soon as she said “Yes,” I’d go into the guest bedroom, open the cedar hope chest, and gently pick up some of the old photos. Then I’d sit on the bed and stare at the people I never met before, and wonder who they were, and wished I could have met them.

After a while, I’d run into the living room with a picture or two…so my grandmother could tell me the stories again. I loved to hear them, it didn’t matter how many times I heard them. The time I spent with my grandmother was very special to me. I was a very lucky girl to have such wonderful grandparents!

I decided to call this handmade dinnerware “Ancestry” because the design reminds me of Portuguese embroidery. It’s my way of honoring my heritage, my ancestors, my wonderful grandparents.

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I am bound to them, though I cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices. I honor their history. I cherish their lives. I will tell their story. I will remember them.

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