MagicMoonPottery

Hand built colorful dishes, custom ornaments and more!

Delaware, United States · 3609 Sales

MagicMoonPottery

Hand built colorful dishes, custom ornaments and more!

Delaware, United States 3609 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   I create personalized ornaments and dishes, as well as textured platters and plates. I love bright, colorful glazes and I enjoy adding different textures to the clay.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about custom orders or any special requests.

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Last updated on Dec 25, 2015

I create personalized ornaments and dishes, as well as textured platters and plates. I love bright, colorful glazes and I enjoy adding different textures to the clay.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about custom orders or any special requests.

Michele

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Michele

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Excited to share my new medical ornaments! A great idea for graduation, appreciation gift, or Christmas.
I tried something different with this plate. Black and white glazes. Love the contrast!
Mozzarella, nectarine, basil and balsamic glaze. YUM!
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About Magic Moon Pottery

“Leap and the net will appear.” And so I did. After a 20-year career working as a director in broadcast television, I walked away. I had no idea what I would do next. As part of my "process" I began taking pottery classes. I LOVED it!

My store name is inspired by one of my favorite children's books, “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” Harold was able to create his own world and knew what manifesting was long before I figured it out! I have always loved to use my imagination and be creative. Making pottery allows me to play, experiment, and have fun coming up with original designs. I’m always trying out new textures, shapes, and glazes.

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More info (than you probably need to know!) about the process ...
Customers sometimes ask why production and turnaround time for new or custom orders may take anywhere between 4-5 weeks. There are several steps in the process of making pottery that require days to complete:

Creating your piece.
The fun part! I cut clay off of a 25 pound block and form it using various methods and molds. This part of the process also includes stamping, adding texture, handles, etc.

Time for drying.
Depending on the time of year, temperature, humidity level, and the size of the piece, some items can take anywhere between 4-7 days to completely dry out. Any moisture left in the clay is a *really* bad thing. This can cause explosions in the kiln. Yes, it’s happened to us. I have the pictures to prove it. :(

Into the kiln
The first kiln firing is called the bisque fire. The kiln reaches about 1888 degrees and fires for 8-9 hours. Cool down time can take between 15-20 hours, depending on the outdoor temp. (It’s a big kiln!) The finished pieces from this firing are called bisqueware.

Wax On
Next step is waxing. I use an old electric skillet to melt the wax. I dip or paint wax on the bottoms of the pieces so that the waxed bottom of the bisqueware will resist the glaze. Without wax, the glazed pot will stick to the kiln shelf. (Yes, it’s happened to us.)

Glazing
Up next, glazing. I either dip the piece in the food-safe glaze or hand paint it on. Hand painting my ornaments is a much different process and takes significantly longer. (see pictures above for those steps)

Back into the kiln
The last step is glaze firing. The kiln is fired to Cone 6, which is around 2220 degrees. Again, the time it takes for the kiln to fire and cool off varies by temperature, humidity and number of things in the kiln, usually 24-30 hours.

Also consider that in addition to the time it takes to complete all of the steps above, the kiln needs to be filled before it can be fired. Making pottery is a tremendous way to learn infinite patience! :)

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