Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Let It Snow!

Not only am I busy wrapping up the second book in the Stella Steinar series, but I'm also preparing for the upcoming holiday season.  I know, I know...it's not even Halloween yet!  But as a potter, I'm actually a little behind schedule.  Most potters are way ahead of me!  Let me explain.  To create something as "simple" as a little ornament takes time.  Lots of time.

You have to remember that the cute little glazed bobble you see for sale at the art shows and fairs once started as a wet hunk of clay.  From the mud, I first give it shape, then allow it to dry slowly while meticulously cleaning and perfecting through various stages of drying.  These flakes are in different stages of drying.


Next I put it through the first firing (bisque), then glaze it and put it through the second firing, hoping to lose very few pieces through cracking and explosion.  I usually account for at least a 10-15% breakage rate.

After the final firing, I finish with trims and ribbons or whatever else to dress it up, add any packaging, etc. and then voila! A miniature, one-of-a-kind work of art ready to add sparkle to your home.  I'm hoping to participate in at least one or two shows and sales this season.  I'll keep you updated when each one is confirmed and finalized so you can find me.  I make these intricate snowflakes you see here, but I also make lots of other festive winter shapes--in between editing books and everything else I do, of course!

It's a blustery one out there with Hurricane Sandy unleashing her wicked winds today, but I'm certain the rain is about to turn to something else soon.  Let it snow!



Erika said...

Those are so pretty! And yay for almost finishing the second book in Stella's series :)

T. Anderson said...

Thank you, Erika! I have so much fun making them! And yes, the book is almost finished...yay!