All posts tagged: ceramics

glazed and confused.

I went back to Play with Clay for the second step in my clay creations: glazing. We found our pieces on the student shelves. Looking good… We had a lesson in glazing, marked our pieces with our initials, and picked out our glaze colors. There were lots of colors and color variations to choose from. I went with more green/blue shades and decided to layer my colors to look like the tile glaze samples. In it’s liquid glaze form, the color is not the final color, which is kind of confusing, but that’s science for you! My pieces will match the tile samples after another fire in the kiln. I love glazing! It’s so simple and satisfying. I only had three pieces to glaze. I wish I had at least a dozen more pieces to dip. 🙂 After a second fire, here are my final pieces! My favorite of the three is the one on top. They turned out thicker than I was hoping for – something to work on should I do this again! …

clay.

I took a clay wheel class with my crafty friend Connie! It was so fun! First we had a tour of the studio – there’s a wheel room, decorating room, drying area, kiln space, glaze room, and show room. There’s even a a window area where used clay can lay out to dry so it can be used again. Classes are kept small – there were six of us in class. Our instructor gave a demo of how to throw a piece, then we all made a piece together. She made sure we all had correct posture while using the wheel. Then, we had maybe 20 minutes of open play. I even got to try the wheel the left-handed way (spins clockwise instead of counter clockwise). I made three pieces total. Once we finished on the wheel (and cleaned up our stations), we moved to the decorating room where we added texture and designs to our pieces. Here, you can add handles, spouts, holes… It helps if you know what you want to make going …

ceramics.

I took my first class at the Jenny Lemons shop! My friends Sarah and Connie and I took ceramics with Viv of Mud Witch. (PS When you sign into your first class Jennie hands you the cutest punch card – a fruit punch card. OMG so smart!) Viv taught us about different types of clay, how to handle the clay so it doesn’t explode in the kiln (important!), and how to build our pieces. We each got a slab of calico clay and started off with a basic pinch pot. My nails were too long so I had to get creative in my pinching technique. There were different tools available for smoothening out, scoring, flattening, and cutting our clay, too. We learned to score and attach pieces of clay together, and that using too much water can dry out the clay. We learned coil building, too, which seems like it might be an easy skill to pick up, but it is very time consuming. When we liked the shape of our pieces and if they …

shop feature: jered’s pottery. 

Another product drop off with my friend Joy was at Jered’s Pottery in Emeryville. I had never been. After the Heath tour I had a livened interest in ceramic studios. I was so excited for this visit. (Fun fact: Jered once worked at Heath!) The showroom features the Jered’s Pottery collection. Most pieces are hand thrown which is super impressive because they all look the same! Here is the famous Richmond Cup (because the studio used to be based in Richmond!)… There’s also a seconds room with pieces that didn’t make the cut. I almost purchased a set of these mugs and matching plates. But, alas, we don’t have room for more kitchenware. Wouldn’t they have been so cute for hot cocoa parties? 🙂 Um…I want a pottery studio now. #makerproblems

heath.

I went on the Heath Ceramics tour – so impressive and so inspiring! I have been a fan of Heath for some time and dream of having a complete Heath dining set one day. I love the simplicity and color palettes. Learning about the history of the company and seeing the entire process makes me even more appreciative of the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. Our tour guide shared the company’s origin story then took us around the factory, starting with the clay mixing room. The factory aims to be zero-waste; any scrap clay gets sent back upstream in the process. There are so many steps in making a Health piece. Some pieces begin with a mold… Larger pieces begin on these spinny cutting machines… The pieces sit to cure, get sanded and glazed by experts, then hang out in the oven. All of the pieces get inspected and triaged into firsts (for sale!), seconds (for sale on sale!), and thirds (not for sale, but used for construction and other projects!). Heath began as …

ceramics in the city.

San Francisco parking can be tricky, but if you’re lucky, while you drive around searching for a spot, you’ll discover some new places you’ll want to check out or discover some places you’ve been wanting to check out are right there! On my last visit to the City I spotted Heath Ceramics and stopped in for a peek. There were shelves of dishes, stacked and color coordinated. My OCD rejoiced! I love the simplicity of Heath Ceramics, and their earthy feel. In shop they also carry other kitchen and home goods like aprons, tote bags, cutting boards, and lavender sachets. My favorite part of the showroom was the tile section. How lovely it would be to have a kitchen I could purchase tile for? Backsplash goals. 😍 What new places have you stumbled upon lately? Share below!