Wednesday, January 22, 2014

getting off to a new year

Getting in gear for a new year of pots always starts with a long list of the pots that are needed not only for the first firing but for future firings as well. We use many of the filler pots throughout the kiln, they are a good place to start.
I really enjoy making these bottles.
They are just fun for me.

And, they will fit in and around the vases and big pots that Mark is making.

They are also a good size for the many spring flowers that will soon be sprouting up from their winter rest.

Along with the bottles I am throwing jars.
I have started with sugar and honey jars first and plan to head in to some garlic jars next.

Since I am making sugar jars I need to make creamers to go with them.
I enjoy those round little bellies and how the necks flair out to make the spout.
Cute, cute little babies...
A dozen of these will do for now. I always make extra since not everyone wants a creamer to go along with the sugar jars. I sell both cream and sugar sets and just creamers and at times just sugar jars.
There are many times that a set is split apart and sold. I find it is better to be flexible than to try and sell a pot that someone might not use.
I use to think that sets were sets and could only be sold in sets. It was not long before I discovered that many people would prefer to buy only one or two mugs, a jar or a single creamer. So why be a stick in the mud and say no? Heck, it is not like I can't make another creamer or jar.

I have orders for the layered glazes and that has me making more pots without the texture than with the texture. They are easier in many ways since they don't need to be cleaned up too much before they head to the first firing.
The ones with texture get sanded and then a good blowing off before they are placed in the kiln.
On Monday we had a very warm day before the cold front came through.
I took advantage of that warm day to be outside sanding pots for the bisque kiln.
That kiln fired yesterday and today we will be opening up the first bisque kiln of the year.
We are off to a good start for the coming year.
Today it is cold, with no snow on the ground, we are out to finish yesterday's pots.


Dennis Allen said...

Cute little creamers.I've started in making plates then I need a bunch of oval bakers, then...well I need to get busy making a whole lot of stuff.

cookingwithgas said...

Hi Dennis- it sounds like a good start to the year.

Michèle Hastings said...

We have found the same thing, we rarely sell a creamer and sugar set. People want one or the other. When the rare person comes in looking for a set we usually have just mismatched left!

Lori Buff said...

I just made some honey jars. I had sold out and hadn't noticed. Yikes. You're better at keeping up with them then I am.

Michèle and I must have similar customers, it keeps us on our toes.

Sandy miller said...

Made flower pots yesterday....... spring cannot get here soon enough! Good to be back in the saddle :)

Gail said...

Hope you are staying warm. Heather says it's cold, but sunny which helps to counteract the wind chill.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

oh such cuties :) the sugar bowl lids, do you add a flange underneath later or just smooth them off under? is the knob hollow? just idle curiosity as I do both, and other things with lids, mood depending...

cookingwithgas said...

We once had someone ask if we only sold mugs in sets of three. I looked out and there were only three of each pattern. No we sell two and a spare.
Gary, turn over and trim.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Someone you know (hint, it's me) might need another garlic jar. I'll let you know. :)

Pottery nerd question here...probably dumb....but how do you get the lids to fit so perfectly? I've always been impressed by this. (and just in case my question is really dumb, those who don't know me should be aware that I'm a flute player. just a pottery enthusiast.)

cookingwithgas said...

Claudia there are no dumb questions.
I use a caliper on the inside of the pot. Then when they are dry enough I can trim to fit.
I am making some today.

Linda Starr said...

Look at all that beautiful work, hope you both are staying warm.