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Finished Ornament

November 21, 2012

I was going to wait to reveal the finished ornament until after I showed the different steps in the process, but then I thought, that is the same scenario as one of my pet peeves; instruction manuals.  Instruction manuals, particularly computer programs, generally never give you the overview first, they usually dive right into all the 52 ways you can resize, rearrange, reduce, something but you are not sure what it is you are doing exactly.  So with that in mind, here is the finished ornament for 2012, “The Holly Wreath”.  In the next posts I will show how I arrived at the finished piece from the idea drawing.   I hope you like it.



2012 Limited Edition Christmas Ornament

October 26, 2012

It’s that time of year again and the new ornament is almost ready.  One of the hardest parts of the process is coming up with a new image.  After several drawings and several, “oh, we already did that”, I decided to get out the box with all the past ornaments.  I was immediately struck with the variations on the theme and thought I would make that the first post in this series.  I hope you enjoy them.  Which is your favourite?

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The Olive Pattern

March 25, 2012

I’ve been very tardy in posting to my blog but now I am.  Here goes.  I have always been fascinated with variation on a theme.  This particular variation is color.  Here are two plates with the same pattern but decided to see what happens if there are glazed with different colors.  I like how similar they are but how very different in feeling.


Casting, Scraping,Drilling,Wiping,Numbering

November 29, 2010

Now using the rubber master, I have made a number of working plaster molds to use in casting the ornament.

Plaster mold ready for casting.

The casting slip is poured in and allowed to dry.

Filling mold with slip.

Filling the mold with casting slip

Now the back has to be scrapped smooth.

Scraping the back smooth.

A rubber stamp with the pottery logo is stamped on the back.

Stamping on the logo.

When just right, the ornament is popped out of the mold.

Knocking the ornament out of the mold.

Next a hole is drilled through the ornament so a ribbon can be used for hanging

Drilling a hole in the ornament.

Now the edge of the ornament has to be carefully wiped smooth with a damp sponge.

Wiping the edge smooth.

The last step in this part of the process is to number the back, as this is a limited edition. Once the edition is finished the ornaments are not remade.

Numbering the back.


2010 Limited Edition Christmas Ornament

November 25, 2010

Our 19th Limited Edition Christmas ornament is now finished and in our shop. I thought over the next few posts I would show what is involved in making this come about.

The Finished Ornament

After deciding on an idea, the process starts with a drawing. We decided on a poinsettia an image linked to the holidays.

Rings are cut into a plaster slab, the drawing is transferred with carbon paper and then the image is carved into the plaster. The progress of the image is checked frequently by pressing Fimo into the depression.

When this stage is finished, a casting is made to get the image and the rings raised up. The lettering is carved into this side, so the glaze will pool down in the letters when fired.

Plaster is now cast on this carved and lettered image to get a slab with everything reversed. Pam pressed Fimo on the finished slab and modeled an ornament complete with lug, which takes the hole for the ribbon. Plaster is then cast on top of this Fimo model.

Now I will pour a two part rubber compound over the plaster to get a rubber master mold. From this master, all the plaster working molds will be cast.

In the next post, I will show the casting process.


Show pieces are ready

May 3, 2008

I thought I would post the results of my efforts for the show. I talked about the Trellis Jar and will make comments on the other pieces in future posts. Just thought you might be interested to see the results.


I can always make another one.

April 3, 2008

This simple phrase has taken me many years to finally embrace fully. I really think this notion has coloured my whole approach to life as well. In making pots, if you truly believe you can always make another one, then this takes the pressure off. It allows you to be freer and try things you might not attempt if you maintain the “precious” frame of mind. I think the very nature of production pottery lends itself to this approach as you are making multiples of things as opposed to spending weeks on a single piece. Just a different approach I guess, but very metaphoric for life.