Saturday, April 5, 2014


I have taken on a full time day job to pay the bills.  That takes up quite a bit of what used to be studio time.  Still I manage to spend time in the studio at least a day a week--teaching, firing kilns and making things in clay.  Lately I have been fascinated with turtles but that is another post.
Thrown leather hard cylinders

This post is for Tiffany--the lady who requested a super large bubble cup and asked if I took pictures of the process.  Here are a few.  In the picture above are the thrown, leather hard cylinders.  I have pulled their handles and am ready to trim their feet.

Below in the wheel head is a freshly trimmed cylinder.  I use three different trimming blades on these kind of feet.  One is pictured.


Handles and cylinders

The cups pictured above are now completely dry and will be biscuit fired this week end.  From there they will be glazed then fired again.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mr. Fox

Months ago someone inquired about a fox yarn holder.  I wasn't sure I could swing it but here he is.  I think he will be the only one of his kind.  

Mr Fox

other side

Monday, March 18, 2013


Body and legs
Lambikin and company

One of the lambs
It is about spring and time to bring new yarn bowls into the world.  My studio of late has been Middletown Arts Center--so here are a few pictures of what's been happening there.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Quieter Studio These Days

New Home With Wee Three Christmas Pigs In Front
Things are quieter in the studio these days because I have been getting floors put in and painting and moving boxes into my new home.   I will be able to move myself in once the bathroom is finished and that waits for tile (ceramic of course!)  to arrive.  All said and done I anticipate moving in by mid January 2013.

Meanwhile, here is a snowman I made a couple days ago all perky with his mug handle mouth and bubble cup shard eyes.

Snow guy

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Owl And the Pussycat

Things are quite busy for me these days--I work almost full time for a local Kroger (photo lab) and spend studio time in between.   I am preparing for my annual Christmas season mug sale and continue building more complex yarn holders.  This past week I began two more owls and two more kitty yarn bowls.  Pictured are a couple--just finished this eve.  I hope to have them glaze fired by November.
Owl and the Pussycat

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Buffaloes

Buffalo Bill
Sluggish Blogger here.  It was earlier this spring when the buffaloes where finished.  Buffalo Bill was the first.  He was super sized and made to hold a ball of yarn. I made him for Pam the knitter.  Once I saw him though.  I wanted one of my own.  So that is when I put Junior together.  He (Junior) was not made to hold yarn which is just fine for me.
So the rest of the story on the buffaloes is Bill has made his way to Pam the Knitter where he lives quite happily.  Junior remains in Ohio with me and is OK with that.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Last Years Hedge Apples

Things have been slow in the studio for me these days.  I now have two part time jobs which is great.  I can pay the rent.   One job, a challenge, is an interim contract for the City of Kettering Rosewood Art Center.  I am doing their firings, making glazes and cleaning and organizing their studios.  All this keeps me happily occupied--yet my own work in clay has slowed.

The halves

Press molds
Well I have been in the studio for a bit this week.  I am trying out last years hedge apple molds at someone's request.  She would like a ceramic hedge apple--bright chartreuse and that sounds kind of fun--so here are a couple pictures of the start.  I have pressed 8 halves.  Tomorrow I will bring them together