Sunday, November 30, 2008

Casseroles and such

I have been working, I promise! My resolution to be a better blogger hasn't quite panned out. Oh well, I'll post whenever I can. This is a new casserole that I am working on. I really like the way that it turned out. I have another one just like it done, and two larger ones that need lids thrown. I have decided that casserole lids are one of the more difficult things to throw, at least for me. I had never really seen one done, so I winged it and it turned out ok. We'll see how the next couple big ones turn out. Practice makes perfect and easier I suppose. I plan on uploading this one to the critique blog after it is done to get some critical feedback.

Things are really taking forever to dry now that it's a bit cooler. I thought the low humidity would help, but no. I may never get a bisque done at this rate. I actually made a pretty lengthy make list that I have been steadily checking work off of. It really is amazing how much it helps to have something to go by. When I would just head out and sit at the wheel I would make stuff, but I was never really productive. Now I know when I go to the wheel I'm making a dozen mugs, or three nesting bowl sets, etc. My greenware really seems to stack up a whole lot faster this way.

I've pretty much missed the whole shopping season again this year--I didn't do any shows, and my Etsy stuff isn't flying off the shelves. I did bring a batch of pots up to Southern Pottery, so maybe I'll pick up a few sales there. I really want to stock up over the winter for the spring show season. I'm also going to redo my booth setup to display my work more professionally. I am leaning toward covered tables with small shelving units and crates. Any input on where to score some inexpensive small tables? They need to be able to fit in the back of my wifes Rav4, so something under six feet.

I am still trying to create a more unified line within my work, and my next step is going to be place settings. I want to come up with two, maybe three different ones, and try to make them match the rest of my work. This is when I really wish I had a slab roller! I am not a huge fan of throwing plates and I think I may look for an alternative to thrown plates. What does everyone think about slump molds? I've never really done much with plaster molds, but I think I somewhat know how to make them. I would like to be able to have a few of them so that I could make plates pretty efficiently. Of course that would mean that I need to make a better table for rolling out slabs. It's funny how one project turns into another!

Well, my video is finally finished uploading! It's amazing how much I can ramble during a video upload! Sorry for the long winded rambling.


  1. Hi Ben-what is it that you don't like about plate making? I've got to get a booth designed myself. I guess most fairs want to see a picture. so many choices. I too make a list and it really helps to keep me focused. Otherwise I just stand in the center of the room with drool coming from my mouth. It can be so overwhelming sometimes.

  2. Love your new casseroles. I am perfecting my platter making techniques with plastic slump molds, but have been thinking about hump molds so I can attach some feet. Lists definitely help, I am trying to stick to a few I have written.

    Is your dog part Boxer? Looks like a wonderful and friendly dog to me.

  3. Deb--I think I don't like making plates because they take up so much space, a bunch of bats and are a pain to glaze. But that's just me ;) I can see you now walking in circles, blank stare, drool and all :)

    Linda--Thanks! I'm really quite fond of them too. I think hump molds might be the way I go too. I like platters with feet. Layla is half pug, half beagle. She really does look a lot like a miniature boxer though. My wife wants to get a boxer so that we can have one small and one large dog that look alike. Hehe.