Throw Down is over.. But clay lives on!

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Homemade Vanilla Extract — Cooking without Limits

I always wanted to have a homemade vanilla extract. It has only 2 ingredients and is all natural, no chemicals at all. I found so many recipes on the net about the process and all of them had lots of vanilla beans. In my country vanilla beans are very expensive so buying 8 or 10 […]

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Etsy Treasury

For those of you who don’t know about Etsy Treasuries, it’s a collection of items from a collection of Etsy shops that usually has a theme, i.e.Fall In Love, Puppy Love, etc. and it’s always exciting when an item  gets chosen to be in a treasury.  This happened to me today and I am very happy.  So I am sharing this with you.

Elena Vandelli of Elena Vandelli Bags https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElenaVandelliBags put together this really lovely fall treasury and along with many other items from other Etsy shops she included my Grape Vine leaf dish.

Take a minute to check out the items and maybe do some shopping.  If you like what you see feel free to share it with friends and family.  I sure am.

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NzI0MDE1MzR8Mjg2NTAzODExOQ/fall-in-love

 

Enjoy

And All At Once Summer Collapsed Into Fall

It’s such a short but lovely season.  That short period of time when all the trees turn amazing colors, there is always a slight breeze and then there is the smell of fall.  That one day you open the door and you can smell it, maybe you can’t describe it, but it’s there.

Fall, the season of pumpkin spice everything.  And that’s OK by me.  I have always loved pumpkin everything.  So to show my love of pumpkin I decided to make a few pumpkin dishes.

Maybe not your typical orange pumpkins but I like the colors that came out by my mixing glazes.

Then, of course, I had to include the fall leaves.  I have a lot of Hydrangea bushes and grape vines around my property.  I felt they would make perfect fall accents to anyone’s holiday table.

Slab rolled clay is the perfect canvas for creating special shapes and designs from clay.  I do most of my work with a slab roller.  Occasionally I will throw clay on my wheel but I have let myself get rusty at it.  I am trying to make myself just sit down and throw, especially cups.  But alas I am having no luck.  But I will keep trying.  If any of you potters out there can “throw” me some advice on how do make cups on the wheel I would love to hear from you.

In the meantime I make pottery from slabs of earthenware clay.  Like this  fall platter I just made to go along with my pumpkin and leaf plates.

 

Well I know I haven’t been blogging on a regular basis, I will try to improve on that also, because I would love to share my journey into making and hopefully selling my pottery now that I am retired.

Right now I’m gonna go get a pumpkin latte and glaze some new pottery.

 

Blackberry Cream Soda — Cooking with a Wallflower

An easy to make blackberry syrup mixed with club soda and a touch of cream. This blackberry cream soda is the perfect way to use up your blackberries. I can’t believe that summer is unofficially over. I mean, September is when the kids go back to school, when the Halloween candies and decorations make their…

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New Pieces in Progress

“Keep calm and throw some clay”

 

Platters, bowls, soap dishes and refrigerator magnets.   I even had my first experience with carving (the first picture of the dragonfly).

Now if only the weather would cool down a little so I can fire my kiln.

 

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Some new pieces that we recently  added to our shop on Etsy.  I will be adding more as soon as I can do another glaze firing.