Category Archives: Pottery

Time to Re-Stock!

Wow, the holiday shoppers nearly wiped out my Etsy store!  What a great feeling.  I hope the gift recipients are all enjoying their handmade pottery.

I’ll be taking a bit of a break to recoup from the Christmas rush and to gear up for the  upcoming year, but by the end of January, I should have the shop re-stocked, especially with mugs and with yarn bowls like these:

Yarn Bowl Collage

Do you have this in blue?

Seems no matter what color I glaze a piece, at some point someone asks, “Do you have this in blue?”.  I’ve come to believe that blue is the universal favorite color, so I mixed up this recipe for Variegated Slate Blue from Mastering Cone 6 Glazes and here are the results.  I love it!

Slate Blue Collage
So now I can answer that blue question with, “Why yes, yes I DO have that in blue.”.  More blue experiments to come.

 

Handmade Buttons

I love handmade buttons.

I love the subtle differences in each button and knowing that an artist/craftsperson created each one.  Handmade items deserve handmade buttons.

As a knitter and a seamstress (sewer?  sewist?) for the better part of my life, I know how hard it is to find those perfect buttons for your latest handmade creation.  One day a friend suggested I make buttons from the clay I use for making pots.  Lightbulb moment!  Danny thought it was a good idea, too, and would be something he could do since he doesn’t work on the wheel.

We’ve surely enjoyed exploring different textures and glazes.  Making buttons is so much different than making mugs and casseroles.  These are some of the leaf buttons we just pulled from the kiln.  I’ve listed some in the Etsy shop.  Hope you’ll check them out!

 

Handmade Buttons - Sharon Ivy

 

 

Beads and Pendants = Fun!

We are having a blast making clay beads and pendants.  Had a great time last weekend at Beadapalooza and sold lots of Jewelry components, but we still have LOTS left.  I’ll be posting some of the beads and pendants to the Etsy shop over the next several days.

Pendant Collage

For now, spending the holiday weekend getting some mugs and other functional pieces ready for holiday shoppers.  The Etsy shop is getting bare!

 

Knitting & Glazing

Frantically working on pottery jewelry components for Beadapalooza at The Bead Biz in Helena AL on August 23 & 24.  No time for knitting while I’m getting ready for a show, so I popped in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “Knitting Workshop” DVD to watch while I’m glazing beads.  I must get that knitting in there somehow.

Glazing and EZ