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***If you want to contact me, Conversations (Convos) here on Etsy are the best way, rather than Email. I check convos all the time, but Emails, not so much!***

By day, I am a mild mannered potter woman, but by night, I put on my recycling cape and grab my upcycled totebag and I scour my area for plain ceramics that need a new life. Then I add handmade iron oxide decals that I make from vintage and antique images. I apply them in ways that are meaningful to me and fun to look at. Then I fire them into the glaze- I don't just bake them on, I fire them on in a kiln until they are glowing red hot, over 1000 degrees F! This melts the glaze enough to accept the image permanently into it, making the pottery food safe, and usually they are dishwasher safe. Pretty nifty, eh?

**I converted my electric bill to green energy last year, so now all my electricity, (…

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  • Born on October 31
  • Joined September 15, 2011

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clay, pottery, glaze, decals

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About

***If you want to contact me, Conversations (Convos) here on Etsy are the best way, rather than Email. I check convos all the time, but Emails, not so much!***

By day, I am a mild mannered potter woman, but by night, I put on my recycling cape and grab my upcycled totebag and I scour my area for plain ceramics that need a new life. Then I add handmade iron oxide decals that I make from vintage and antique images. I apply them in ways that are meaningful to me and fun to look at. Then I fire them into the glaze- I don't just bake them on, I fire them on in a kiln until they are glowing red hot, over 1000 degrees F! This melts the glaze enough to accept the image permanently into it, making the pottery food safe, and usually they are dishwasher safe. Pretty nifty, eh?

**I converted my electric bill to green energy last year, so now all my electricity, (my kiln is electric) will come from local wind farms! Yay! One more way my pottery is helping the environment! ***

How I work:
First, I find a plain piece of pottery that I feel needs some attention. I look it over to make sure it is in great shape.
If it is unblemished, I take it home and wash it. Then I find the right images for it.

I try to use images that are from the mid18th century to the early 20th century due to copyrights. I don't want to use any work that isn't legally free to use. Karen at the blog The Graphics Fairy is my favorite resource, though I also scan my own from my growing collection of antique books and papers.

Then it goes into the kiln. This takes about 40 hours for the heat up and cool down, if I rush it.

Then, when I take it from the kiln, I inspect it. If the image has adhered and fired into the glaze properly, I check to see if the extra firing has stressed the piece in any other way- I sometimes find blemishes that an earlier potter had hidden with glaze appears, and the piece is ruined. (At this writing my last kiln full lost one third to hidden blemishes that showed during the stress of an extra firing.) If the work passes inspection, it gets washed again, and is ready to be photographed and listed here on Etsy.

However, because of the nature of the process, each piece will not be perfect. The third firing changes each piece subtly. Only about half to two thirds of the dishes make it out of the kiln. The extra firing is too much for some of the pottery, and it goes to be recycled further as mosaics or cut into tiles (sometimes I sell the still functional seconds- convo me if you are interested!). But be assured that the best ones get sold here- And they are such fun, I think they are worth the work!

Also, if you like pottery that is thrown on the potter's wheel, check out my other shop,
AntB.etsy.com, and if you are into divination, you could check out my newest venture, fortunetellershop.etsy.com

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