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Enter my shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/haldecraft

You can find out more about HaldeCraft on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Ravelry (simply do a key word search on any of those platforms); I also have a shop blog here:
http://www.haldecraft.com/blogs/news

But what about me? Who am I, and why do I do what I do?

My grandmother tried to teach me to knit and crochet when I was four; that went miserably, and she switched me to her craft of choice - ceramics. She had a studio in the 1950's and 1960's and still had a kiln and many molds. Ceramics stuck with me.

Somehow, along the road, I also picked up soap-making. I use a melt-and-pour base rather than cold process; that is a choice I made in order to not…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 11
  • Joined June 12, 2010

Favorite materials

ceramic slip, wool, alpaca, fragrance oils

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haldecraft
Handcrafted hand-built and slip-cast ceramics

About

Enter my shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/haldecraft

You can find out more about HaldeCraft on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Ravelry (simply do a key word search on any of those platforms); I also have a shop blog here:
http://www.haldecraft.com/blogs/news

But what about me? Who am I, and why do I do what I do?

My grandmother tried to teach me to knit and crochet when I was four; that went miserably, and she switched me to her craft of choice - ceramics. She had a studio in the 1950's and 1960's and still had a kiln and many molds. Ceramics stuck with me.

Somehow, along the road, I also picked up soap-making. I use a melt-and-pour base rather than cold process; that is a choice I made in order to not need to work with lye.

When I got remarried a number of years ago, my husband decided to do some renovations on our house, which resulted in no power to the kiln for a couple of years. I revisited the knitting and crochet that my grandmother gave up on me being able to learn, and I took to it like a duck to water. Next, of course, was learning to spin. And where does one go from there? I wound up opening a yarn store with two good friends... but ceramics has always been my first and best love.

And it is back to that love that I turned, when my friends and I had to close our yarn store last year. I couldn't bring myself, after being my own boss, to going back to making money for someone else. I have tried to keep my feet on the crafty path, and am crafting a better life.

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