My pottery creations on and off the wheel.

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Lucky elephant is on duty

Loaded the kiln today, the chook feeder towered over everything else and no amount of juggling and re-arranging could allow a second shelf.

So rather than waste all that space at the top of the kiln, I snuck in a broken shelf “precariously” balanced on one post!¬† I know it is tempting fate a bit, hence the lucky elephant being on duty! Go lucky elephant do your thing!


Here is hoping I don’t end up with one gigantic sculpture from this one ūüôā

Update: did something fall on it, or did I just blow the bottom element¬†because only 5 hours into the firing the bottom element is off…holding my breath?

This one has the tiniest peephole in the side so a bit hard to see but doesn’t look like it has fallen and temp still climbing okay so taking a few tentative breaths.

This morning’s update: well nothing fell down so that’s a plus I should be able to re-fire, but couldn’t reach temperature with only one element going, only got to 800C so no glaze melt no nothing! Oh no another headache!

Thursday update: could have been worse, the relay blew on one element, but the part needs ordering so just hoping I get time to re-fire before the Riding for the Disabled Farmers Market- Waihou on Sunday!


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A Potters Washing Day

Washing shelves: have painted a few layers of kiln wash on¬†my kiln shelves, with the aim of catching any accidental drips, drops and slumps so I don’t ruin the shelves.

Washing benches, containers, cloths and glaze mixing stuff from last night after mixing oxides and stains into a base glaze.  Washing works much better than a sweep for kicking up dusty chemicals.

Washing recycled glass bottles for my next experiment.

And of course, the thing none of us can escape, boring old clothes washing.


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Soda firing in the woodkiln results…

At last the final stage of my latest creations, they have been on quite a journey¬†and the ladies are still standing ūüôā I really like the depth of the glaze, the variation in tones, the result on texture¬†and the accumulation of soda on the faces.

What do you think, feel free to leave me comment?


Hope, Joy, Aspire ladies.


Swirly candelabra.


Chamber candlesticks.


Cheeky Kiwi and chamber candlesticks.


Small faces with fittings to hang.


Small faces line up.





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A photograph of hopeful!

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So many things have been happening lately and on so many planes of life, I have only just managed to keep up¬†and however much it called the pottery didn’t even get a look in.

Today though, ¬†I feel like I am starting to “get all¬†my ¬†little ducks in a row” and am feeling hopeful this will work for me ūüôā

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Woodfire with Duncan and Charade

Just amazing to be part of this wood firing, and in awe of the process and I thought my firings in my little electric kiln were labour intensive!

This was the culmination of work the pottery club did at Charade’s Candlestick workshop a while back using a white sculptural clay. It was a nice grogged clay to work with for hand building and just might use it again.


After the workshop I also made my “all about the heart” sculptures and small carved masks and mini Buddha heads out of the same clay.


Saturday was all about applying the glazes by brushing and dipping and slip was sprayed onto the pieces that have had their first bisque firing done. Some of them here waiting for loading.

glaze done

Then between us all, each with our little jobs from rolling balls of wadding, attaching balls to the bottom of each piece and passing down the line to be loaded into the kiln. Charade  waiting for the next pieces to load, camera shy but you get the idea.

charade loading kiln

The inside of the kiln is a work of art in itself with all the glaze, soda and ash (I think) from previous firings coating the bricks ! Can just see my little kiwi candlestick facing the front I wonder how it will fare with his wonky beak?


The masks and all about the hearts going in.

This view is from inside the throat of the firing chamber where we put the wood in, into the main part of the kiln.


Now the kiln is full Duncan temporarily covers the entrance with mud and bricks. Then a final covering ready for lighting this morning.



Kay and I were first on the roster this morning to light the kiln.

No pressure ūüôā

My first job, appeasing the kiln gods with a bunch of flowers then cutting a wheelbarrow of kindling.

for the kiln gods

Well at least I didn’t embarrass myself, I can still light a fire!


One more to light and once they got going it was time for the next shift and some lunch, I wonder how they’re going?

lighting the chambers

Opening in a few days time!

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Working on today..

Today I am working on some smaller garden face masks, I love the big ones but they are a bit heavy to work on.  These new ones are only 5 inches from forehead to chin, so I can sit down in the shade to make them.

The proportions are all different so i’m¬†forward to seeing what their little expressions turn out to be ūüôā


Noses in first.



3/5 photographed at a funny angle, and flash doesn’t help, they look better in person.



Just one for today.




Monday: the last one done now and in daylight this time ūüôā






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On my way to the shed…..

I have been on the way to the shed to do some pottery all day¬†but I am having one of those moments.¬†You know the moments, ¬†where there are about 30 things I need to take care of or do or figure out or fix or DIY¬†first that are more important¬†but I can’t do them all first and some of them I can’t even fix because they are just life……so what am I doing?

I am stuck at being on the way to the shed.

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Using the dehumidifier to dry statues

Trying out the dehumidifier in a cupboard with the statues today! Crazy I know but I really don’t have another week to let them dry naturally so worth a try.¬† They are close to being dry enough but are still cold to the touch.

They need to be¬†bisque and glazed¬†before the 8th so here goes, another one of my crazy DIY experiments is underway ūüôā