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#96434 My Custom Made Bead Racks Actually Worked!

Posted by Pugaboo on 26 November 2015 - 09:12 PM

I used wire good to fire to at least come six and I think it was advertised to go to 8 or something but would have to check again as its been awhile since I bought it. I got the wire through a pottery store online. I even fire my spoons using racks and wires by putting a hole in the end of the handle. It makes a nice place to tie an informational card and price tag as well as hang them up to fire. I suppose you could even hang the spoons up in the kitchen but the ones I make are not really that big more of a large soup spoon size. I offer them with my hostess sets.


#96104 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by Pugaboo on 20 November 2015 - 06:13 PM


Try this one:

I hope it works for you

I was also able todo a YouTube search and episode 1 and 2 are still out there as well.


#95595 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by Pugaboo on 10 November 2015 - 08:53 AM

Now now now American English not really English! LOL

You need to talk to a northern American THEN try and talk to one of us Southerners! Now THAT is 2 different languages. hahaha Please don't anyone be insulted. Frankly I watch a lot of British TV and didn't notice any really strong accents. The word usage you have to pay attention to since the Brits use different words for stuff than we do but a few minutes in and that goes away too.

It was interesting to watch. I LOVE that during the handle competition one of the potters finishes quickly and asks if they can help others finish theirs. The host to them No. Potters are great people and I really hope the hosts don't push them into being typical competitors.


#95336 Ok I Can't Resist, New Box Turned Out Great!

Posted by Pugaboo on 05 November 2015 - 05:54 PM

Thank you everyone!

I'm glad you liked it. I am currently working on a new design that will take the "gift box" theme even further. I love old wallpaper, gift wrap and vintage fabrics and am working to incorporate these types patterns into my work. Along with Pugs of course!


#95233 Ok I Can't Resist, New Box Turned Out Great!

Posted by Pugaboo on 03 November 2015 - 11:07 PM

I can't resist showing you all my newest box.

I am so happy this box turned out even better than I thought it would. It was a test to see how much control I had over my glazes. I drew light stripes on the box to mimic gift wrap. I then glazed each a different color leaving a narrow strip of bare clay showing in between each glaze stripe. For the ribbon and the feet I used a roller to impress a scroll design. I shaped the ribbon into a roll that looked nice and could also be used as a knob. Once fired I added thin strips of laser transfer patterns to each glaze stripe, again using a different pattern for each color. The ends of the box got narrow strips of black to suggest folded over wrapping paper. The design goes all around the box ncluding the bottom.

It was a lot of work but I learned a lot about what my materials can handle and plan to push this even further next time.


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#93006 Tumble stacking the bisque-electrics

Posted by Pugaboo on 21 September 2015 - 09:38 PM

wow, terry!   where is that scared person who had just started working with clay 3 years ago? :D

I stuffed her in the scrap barrel when nobody was looking!


#92517 Sponge Holder Prototypes

Posted by Pugaboo on 13 September 2015 - 05:51 PM

I have 2 completed prototypes of the "Mark" sponge holders. For anyone not familiar with these sponge holders they are inspired by Mark C and he has written about his version several times here in the forum.

My sponge holders as made using an extruder with a round hollow die. I use Little Loafers Clay and fire to cone 6. You will see the dark blue one has a bit squarer edges that the red and white Pug one. I am going with the red and white Pug version. These were very quick to make which is exactly what I was looking for. I have some additional ones started but not completed and plan to do them in all my patterns and colors so they will go with each line I do. I will probably also do some like I do my spoon rests and make some random "let's see what this color combination will do". The weirdest colors on the spoon rests always seem to sell first and I am interested to see if this is the case with these as well.

My plan for these for the holidays is to add a large spoon rest and a trivet and offer them as gift sets at festivals and on my website. On a normal basis I will sell them individually of course. Now for the had part, I have to figure out a price for them.

Thank you once again Mark for your inspiring work!


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#92422 My Custom Made Bead Racks Actually Worked!

Posted by Pugaboo on 11 September 2015 - 10:56 AM

I finally got around to making some of my own bead racks and what do ya know ... They actually worked!
I have a couple commercial ones but they are just not in a configuration that works well for me and waste loads of room in the kiln.

I made mine from the same clay I always use, Little Loafers. I am currently still using the nichrome wires from the commercial racks but when I have the money plan to buy some Kanthal wire and see how it works as supports for the items. The racks may not be beautiful but I have bisque fired them loaded as well as glaze firing with them loaded as you see in the pictures. I wasn't sure if the wires would sag too much without a counter balance on the outside points which I normally do but I needed the space to fire my spoons instead this time so I placed kiln posts along the tops and that seemed to work well also.

The pictures show you the racks and also the racks loaded into the kiln.


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#91689 Wipe-Away Black Staining

Posted by Pugaboo on 29 August 2015 - 08:42 PM

This might be strange and probably not work but.... That's never stopped a potter from trying something!

Have you thought of dusting the feather with dry black Mason stain then laying it on your piece and pressing it in with a rolling pin? The dry stain shouldn't damage the feather and by dusting the feather with it it should limit the amount of excess stain you have and hopefully not get all over the place. You would have to handle the stain dusted feather carefully. Oh and wear a mask please! Then by placing the "loaded" feather on your wet clay and rolling it in hopefully it will give you a nice feather pattern impressed in the clay and already colored.

Just an idea to maybe try unless you have already done so and it didn't work.


#91655 Look Mark! My Sponge Holder Prototypes

Posted by Pugaboo on 29 August 2015 - 09:56 AM

Giselle- To get my sides equal I start out laying the ruler across the top and Mark all 4 places where I will be starting the cuts. Then I hold the ruler against the side inbetween 2 of the marks and cut down from there, do the same on the other side.

Yesterday I made a couple more sample pieces and after I drew the lines down the sides I used a little round cookie cutter about an inch from the bottom to cut my curved bottom. Doing this made it super simple and fast and able to repeat and get the same results.

Wyndham - I am drying the 2 new samples upside down, so we shall see how they turn out!


#91637 Can I Tumblestack Underglaze Greenware For The Bisque Fire?

Posted by Pugaboo on 28 August 2015 - 09:24 PM

I agree with Guinea you should be able to stack just watch any dark blues especially don't put them next to a light piece as they sometimes fume off and discolor adjacent pieces. I fire underglazed pieces all the time and the dark blues are the only ones I have had issues with.

Good luck!


#91624 Qotw: Which Song Plays There In The Background?

Posted by Pugaboo on 28 August 2015 - 05:03 PM

Guess I missed this topic when it first came out.

In my studio most of the time it's just the sound of my own thoughts bouncing around my head. It's a TV free zone, THAT was a requirement. I have a computer and if I am in the mood I'll put on Loreena McKennett or Enya. If I am cleaning it's something with more omphf to it like Meat Loaf or Tori Amos. Probably aging myself with those choices.

On nice days when I have the doors and windows open it's the sounds of birds and my Pugs barking at said birds.

It's very interesting to "hear" all the sound choices!


#91470 Look Mark! My Sponge Holder Prototypes

Posted by Pugaboo on 26 August 2015 - 09:57 PM

I finally got around to trying out my own version of Marks wonderful thrown sponge holders. I used my extruder to create the walls and a slab for the base. I did two slightly different versions. The one on the left in each picture I cut the walls all the way to the base, it seemed kind of floppy and unstable, but might firm up ok once drier. The one on the right in each picture I left about a half inch lip connecting the walls, it seems a bit more stable. Not sure if I am going to need to curve the corners of the walls a bit or if the whole thing is going to warp when fired. I guess I'll see won't I!

These are still in the wet stage and have them wrapped up overnight, in the morning I will unwrap and loosely drape and start the drying process. I am not going to decorate or do anything special with these as I don't want to invest too much in what could very well be a flawed design. If they both survive the kiln I will decide which I like the look of better and use that as my pattern from here on. Once that's decided I can have some fun with the decorating and texturing like I like to do.

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#91283 Very Fine Sheets

Posted by Pugaboo on 22 August 2015 - 05:33 PM

I agree with Marcia, roll out your clay to the desired thickness on top of a piece of canvas, lay a piece of drywall on top of the sheet, flip it over so it now lays on the drywall with canvas on top peel off the canvas. Drop the drywall and clay sheet on the floor to settle the clay. Trim it to the size desired without lifting or manipulating the clay in any way. Put another piece of drywall on top of the clay so that you now have a sandwich of drywall, clay, drywall. Put this somewhere out of the way and allow to dry, don't mess with it. Your sheets of clay should dry flat. The important thing is to never lift a flat sheet of clay once you have dropped it to settle or you will get warping in my experience.

Once it dries flat when you fire it use either silica on the kiln shelf or clay disks to raise them up off the shelf so they can shrink without curling in the kiln. Some like to fire them standing upright but I have not tried this upright method yet I always use clay disks and never have curling from firing.

It takes some experimentation to find the techniques that work for you good luck and keep at it and you'll get it done.


#91174 Qotw: Is Your Artistic Practice A Product Of Genetics Or The Environment?

Posted by Pugaboo on 20 August 2015 - 08:02 PM

Trying to think if either of my brothers are artistic and one works for a crop dusting company that builds special built million dollar choppers. My other brother is special needs but has never shown, at least to me, any desire to be creative. My father gave me my no nonsense approach. He always said if you are going to do something do it right, do it the best you can and never get sloppy or cut corners. He also taught me that a girl is just as capable of using power tools as a boy. My mother is a magician with fabric. She designs and makes the best teddy bears you have ever seen. She is also a brilliant quilter. She would give me art supplies but never gave me a list of this is what you have to do with them she let me experiment and find my own creative voice.

I was home schooled for the most part. I do remember when I was real little watching my mother sketch out things and wishing I could do that as well. She made me hand drawn paper dolls with little designer outfits from magazines, I still have a box of them. I mentioned the story of wanting to draw like her when I was a child to her about a year ago and she said that I had far surpassed her in this area. I was very flattered as I still feel I am not good enough and that I have to get better at it.

All my life I remember the craving to CREATE. To make something anything wonderful. As a child the best holdiday gifts were art supplies and books. Heck those are STILL the best gifts. I got married young and directed my creative urges into designing clothes for myself and my daughter, I designed outfits without using patterns, if I could see it I could deconstruct it and make it again. As my daughter got older and wanted store bought Mom seriously, I took an at home correspondence art course and it was fabulous, all the thoughts and colors finally got connected to my hands. I took some artist workshops, one with Daniel Greene, that opened doors in my mind filled with colors and patterns. I drew, painted, designed until the stockpile was overflowing and My husband suggested I try selling some of it. To my surprise they sold and here we are over 25 years later and I look back and am surprised at how long I have been making a living selling my creations.

Most of the creative people in my family tree do it with fabric. I have an Aunt that designs wonderful purses and sells them in small boutiques for small fortunes lol. I have Aunts that quilt and sew and I have uncles that work with wood making beautiful hand crafted heirloom furniture pieces, the stuff you pass down in your family for generations because it just gets better with age. I do know of one cousin that designs and sells high end jewelry and does really well at it. One of the things my family always did was our holiday gifts between aunts, uncles and cousins all had to be hand made by ourselves. They saw it as a way to level the price field with differing incomes and I don't think they realized at the time that it also gave all of us an appreciation for hand made items.

So I guess the answer is I was given a fertile creative field to grow in and blossomed when I dedicated the time to work at improving it.