This process starts out with around 3.5 lbs of stoneware clay for the large Model L. The clay was wedged ( this resembles kneading dough ) to expel any air and to homogenize the clay body providing a consistent working material. To hasten the making, a heat gun ( not pictured ) is used to dry the work after it has been formed on the wheel. Care must be taken to not overdry the work or the pieces can not be joined together. Part 1 shows the manufacturing of the bowl up to before it goes in a kiln for its first firing called a "bisque firing" in which temperatures reach around 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. All of the chemical water is removed from the form here and renders the work more stone-like. Click on each image for a description.
Part 2 will show the glazing, loading ( the big kiln ) and firing process. Stay tuned and thanks for looking. http://www.lgpotter.com/personalized-pet-bowls.html
Here is a link to Jennifer's review that she did on my bowls she got for her cats Bubbie and Chiggie. Thanks Jennifer ! If you have a Ragdoll, This is the site to visit.
This classic bottle shape was made on the potter's wheel. It measures 9" by 6.5". It has 20 different glazes used in its decoration. 17 are high fire glazes while the other 3 are low fire glazes. They were painstakingly put on in a spray booth, one color at a time. So it was, stir a glaze until ready, spray it on the bottle in various places, clean air brush and then stir the next glaze until ready, etc. This took quite some time. After a about a dozen glazes had been applied, it was getting hard to tell the glazed from the unglazed areas. After I got to my magic number of 17, the bottle got high fired and I was fairly pleased with the results. I decided to go back in with low fire glazes and fill in some of the bare spots. The effect is a patchwork look. Click on each for a larger image. This piece is available here.
I took the plunge into the video media world. It was fun to experiment with some of the options in editing. I know there's much more that I'm missing but you got to start somewhere. AVS Video Editor was the program of choice. Just did a little compare and contrasting with other software and read reviews. Free isn't too bad but to produce your file without the AVS watermark, you will have to pay for that. I'm overall pleased with the result. Take a look see and leave a comment. Thanks. http://youtu.be/elmeiTTe8E4
A few of months ago Jennifer Woodall, a producer from local TV "Show Me St. Louis" saw my first efforts at the pet bowl business on Etsy. I had made those listings inactive before Jennifer contacted me about using those as a segment on the show. The format offered by Etsy didn't allow me a way to offer all the options in a cohesive way, so I ventured into the DIY website realm. However, I was "discovered" by Jennifer there. The show is about local businesses and what they offer. There's a little background discussed and the process that goes into their product or service. So it's an awesome way to promote locally. So after I commited to doing the show, Jennifer gave me an assignment of creating a couple more types of bowls for pets to show a variety within the discussion. I did a little homework and added two new models ( with a third coming soon) to my original model. One is for long eared dogs that keeps their ears out of the bowls and the other is for dogs that inhale their food. These can be seen here. I would like to thank Jennifer for the opportunity to promote my business and I'm going to drop a link to her personalized sterling silver jewelry business that she does during her free time here. Thanks Jennifer!
So my sales for the holidays weren't where I needed them to be but on Christmas Eve, I checked my email to see that I'd gotten a PayPal payment and it was one of my trompe l'oeil teapots that had sold. Awesome! I then looked to see who purchased it and it was The Kamm Teapot Foundation. I thought that was pretty cool until I Googled the name and found out they had the worlds largest teapot collection. I was and still am floored that my work will mingle with work that is centuries older than me. Too cool! This surely motivates me to create more and gives me belief in working hard pays off. Thanks Mr. Sonny Kamm, you took some of the scrooge out of my holiday.
I've recently finished shooting images of my work with my new camera. It sure helps to have the right equipment for the job. Thanks to Dan Barnett for hooking me up with a place to get the job done.
So I didn't realize how much time and effort went into making an online business work. It's challenging enough to produce the work for sales but then there's the whole marketing aspect of it, which I'm not too comfortable with yet. I'm confident in my work but it's my presentation that needs some polish. I recently bought a new camera, so that means I have to go back and shoot all my work over again because the previous shooter is not up to snuff. Yay ! It's necessary though.
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