Making Pots

I know, I know. I keep starting new things and then moving on. But this one is a keeper.

Sometime in the delirium of lockdown, I saw a tiny USB pottery wheel on that there internet and decided it was the most stupid thing I had ever seen and I needed one.

It came, I make a pot and ruined a shirt and forgot about it.

Then at the end of last year, I thought of it again and gave it a good crack, but only because I had also discovered a marvel called a Microwave Kiln. So with my tiny potter’s wheel and my slightly larger Microwave kiln, I’m making and glazing pottery in my kitchen!!

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I love it when they work, I love it when they pop. I love it all…

And in the space of an hour, I can set up, throw 4-5 pots and clear up. Gotta love my kitchen table!

See the finished pots on ETSY: etsy.com/uk/shop/FlusterMakes

All going wrong!!

So 8 months into my new pottery life, and suddenly it’s all going wrong. I got some specialty glazes and they don’t behave as nicely at the Mayco Stroke and Coat So it’s time to get organised. I have fired a bunch of test tiles in the 2 clays I have, and am about to start my glaze library… So… Read more →

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Adventures in Slipcasting – Part 2

I’m no good at throwing the same thing twice, so decided in order to make shot glasses, I needed to slip cast.(finished cups available on my ETSY Store: FlusterMakes) My third attempt at a slip-cast mould was a success, but how about the slip? I don’t have much space in my tiny flat; most of my pottery kit fits into… Read more →

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Naked!

OMG.. My newest obsession. Naked Raku. Naked – no glaze, what you see is just the clay. The fired pot is burnished until smooth and then coated in a thick layer of clay slip & glaze before firing again. As this second layer fires, it cracks and crazes in unpredictable patterns. Then when red hot, the pot is dropped into… Read more →

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Adventures in Slipcasting – Part 1

A lifetime ago, I was at art college and worked a lot with plaster and casting. I love plaster, smooth slippy, and really useful. Before that on my foundation I made one slipcast thing (actually two of the same thing). I modified a vase from a charity shop and made a plaster mould. Badly fired in an old waste paper… Read more →

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Tiny Pottery

So I’m a potter now. Never really did it before. A bit on my art foundation, but none on my degree or since. I saw a tiny potter’s wheel online and thought it was the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen, so naturally got one. It sat mostly unused for 6 months because what’s the point if I can’t… Read more →

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Raku Experiments…

I really have no idea what I’m doing. It’s what I love about making stuff in my kitchen, there is no-one to tell me how to do things the correct way, so I make it up! This week. Raku firing. 2 Youtube videos later, I’m a freaking expert. So I have this cobblestone glaze, as it fires it contracts and… Read more →

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Firing Notes.

So I use a microwave kiln, there is no thermometer, so it’s a little hit and miss, but I think I have the sweet spot for Mayco Stroke & Coat. darker base shows better..15 mins/15 mins.. Try thicker cobblestone. No good on the yellow. 15mins/15mins. It’s smooth and shiney but maybe could be a little smoother. Add 2 more mins… Read more →

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Go Small and Stay At Home.

I think one reason that I don’t really think of myself as an artist anymore is that I just don’t have time to do anything. Single dad with 2 teens(ish), various family medical conditions to help manage, job to hold down… There is just not much time to consistently devote to getting something to a level that I’m happy to… Read more →

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