Teapot lids – How I make them

One of my favourite things to throw are teapot lids.  That might be a little strange to read but its true, I really enjoy throwing teapot lids. Like with all throwing, strength and delicacy dance together as you push, pull and shape a teapot lid. The stem (knob) can significantly alter the teapot’s overall aesthetic…… Continue reading Teapot lids – How I make them

Bisque – are we talking about biscuits, soup or clay?

We’re talking about clay of course! I’ve discovered that while some people have no idea what the word bisque means, to others it draws images of biscuits (or cookies if you socialise with Americans), soup (think of a smooth, creamy, crustacean-based soup) or the porous result of an 1000 degrees Celsius firing (give or take a…… Continue reading Bisque – are we talking about biscuits, soup or clay?

Mixing up a new batch of glaze

Mixing up a new batch of glaze is always that little bit nerve wrecking. I don’t know about my other potter friends, but for me, I’m just that little bit on edge when mixing up a new batch of glaze. Earlier this week, I made a decent amount of my base clear as I’m keen…… Continue reading Mixing up a new batch of glaze

What’s this white fuzz on my plaster bats?

Yesterday I woke up to some strange fuzz on my plaster bats. These plaster bats are used during clay reclaim and thanks to the clayart forum, I soon discovered that the white crystal fuzz was probably soluable salt or Calcium Carbonate (yahoo! Neither are too dastardly). And yes, I’ll quickly explain the reclaim process: All my excess…… Continue reading What’s this white fuzz on my plaster bats?