Leah Peterson's Profile

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I have had a shop on Etsy since 2008. I love to make lots of different things. I crochet, sew, paint and play with wood and clay. I have recently started designing my own crochet patterns to sell. You can check out my other store www.etsy.com/shop/craftyladyleah.

I have gone back to school now that my kids are older and I am loving it. My newest passion is ceramics. I love to play with mud! I handbuild all of my things. Unfortunately, I have carpal tunnel in both wrists so the wheel is out of the question. Which is a tragic because I enjoyed the wheel.

I love looking around for new ways to make shapes and textures. My classmates said that I always had the best toys. And I am still exploring the differences in different temperatures of firing. From cone 06, where you get your bright colors, up to cone 10 where there are deep,…

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  • Born on February 7
  • Joined March 12, 2011

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About

I have had a shop on Etsy since 2008. I love to make lots of different things. I crochet, sew, paint and play with wood and clay. I have recently started designing my own crochet patterns to sell. You can check out my other store www.etsy.com/shop/craftyladyleah.

I have gone back to school now that my kids are older and I am loving it. My newest passion is ceramics. I love to play with mud! I handbuild all of my things. Unfortunately, I have carpal tunnel in both wrists so the wheel is out of the question. Which is a tragic because I enjoyed the wheel.

I love looking around for new ways to make shapes and textures. My classmates said that I always had the best toys. And I am still exploring the differences in different temperatures of firing. From cone 06, where you get your bright colors, up to cone 10 where there are deep, rich colors. I also have fell in love with Raku.

Raku is a ancient Japanese technique of firing their ceremonial tea cups. You build the cup, let it dry ( or as we do, bisque fire), use special glazes, heat it very quickly until the glaze starts to move, and then comes the best part. You use the tongs to remove from the kiln and place your item in a metal can filled with combustibles ( newspaper, pine needles, wood shavings) and once it catches on fire, put the lid on. The flame uses up the oxygen and the heat then changes the glaze. You get awesome colors, especially the copper colors. And where there is no glaze you have a matte black finish.

If you haven't seen this, please search for video on a search engine of your choice. It is truly fantastic. I can't wait to do another firing myself.

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