Sally's Profile

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I began hand-building when my children were very young, and now I'm a Grandmother!

Art has always been a part of my life. After my college years, I graduated with a Kindergarten Primary credential and began teaching Second grade. During my teaching years, I married and enjoyed raising my own two children. When they were young, I was always taking many kinds of classes.
I took a ceramics class and loved hand-building clay into whatever I could imagine... and of all the arts & crafts I've tried, clay continues to be my favorite!

I have been making and selling my clay designs for more than 40 years. I have sold my clay work in art/gift shops, and participated in many seasonal art sales. For 19 years, I was involved with a group of artists called "Talents Unlimited" that held juried shows. I later had…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 26
  • Joined November 17, 2009

Favorite materials

Clay, leaves, weeds, plants, herbs, twigs, rocks, wire

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SallysClay
Handcrafted Clay by Sally

About

I began hand-building when my children were very young, and now I'm a Grandmother!

Art has always been a part of my life. After my college years, I graduated with a Kindergarten Primary credential and began teaching Second grade. During my teaching years, I married and enjoyed raising my own two children. When they were young, I was always taking many kinds of classes.
I took a ceramics class and loved hand-building clay into whatever I could imagine... and of all the arts & crafts I've tried, clay continues to be my favorite!

I have been making and selling my clay designs for more than 40 years. I have sold my clay work in art/gift shops, and participated in many seasonal art sales. For 19 years, I was involved with a group of artists called "Talents Unlimited" that held juried shows. I later had an art display booth with other artists at Cranberry Hill Mercantile for 5 years.

Today, I am enjoying the challenge of selling my handcrafted clay here on Etsy. Learning about the world of online commerce has been very interesting!

===> Method Used <===

I create my pottery by hand without a potter’s wheel. The flexibility of hand building offers endless opportunities for shapes and textures. "Hand-building" is the clay, the hands of the potter, and the potter's imagination.

Learning comes from doing – with each piece you make, you learn more about handling clay. The variety of projects that can be made are surprising, and happily endless.

===> The Creation Process <===

Before clay is used to make any piece, it is cut and then smacked in a vigorous manner to expel air bubbles (called wedging). Then the clay is ready for shaping, either for hand sculpting or using a rolling pin or slab roller.

When the shaping of the piece is completed, it is set aside to dry. When the clay is completely dry, it is known as "greenware" and must be handled with care. It's now ready for firing in a pottery kiln. Kiln firing is like baking in an oven, except at much higher temperatures. The first firing is called bisque. A glaze coating can be applied after the first firing to seal and add color. It is then returned to the kiln for a second, longer firing.

All items portraying leaves, weeds or other plants have been created using actual organic source material, which are pressed into the clay during creation. I use stoneware clay, and fire at cones 9 to 10 (high-range).

Each piece is made individually entirely by hand, and each item is completely unique. The variations in form and finish are actually what give the work charm and value as "handmade" art.

===> BirdWatching Magazine! <===
One of my bird feeders is featured on the "New Products" page of the December 2012 issue of BirdWatching magazine. Very exciting! Paste this URL into your browser to view: http://bit.ly/TszFrD (Mine is on page 2). In the actual magazine, it is on page 7.

My "Feed the Birds" clay sign was included in the April 9, 2012 edition of "Etsy Finds".

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