Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween & More Mugs

The last cup stuck to the plastic and fell over and got squished and I unsquished it and put it back to dry. Hence the narrow space for the handle and the dent at the bottom, too late to fix those now. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Hello Linda:
    The pottery 'tray' is most appealing and beautifully made and should, we imagine, be on the 'wish' list of a large number of people at this particular time.

  2. Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, yes perfect for serving those candy treats to the wee ones.

  3. I can just hear that witch cackle!

  4. Hi Meredith, thanks, cackling by the crackling fire. Ha.

  5. Happy Halloween Linda!
    i really like the texture of mug #2

  6. Love that witch and her accoutrements!

    Like what you are doing with the mugs. Remember to make a lip that feels good against the mouth. What do you use for your textures? Such a nice variety!

    Happy Halloween!

  7. Hi Michele, thanks, that crochet texture.

    Hi Smartcat, thanks, what's the best way to make the lip good for the mouth, smooth with a sponge and curve it out a little? I used picture wire dabbed in wet clay for first one, crochet for second, and a metal drain for third. I look in hardware and thrift stores for things that make texture. I have even used a textured placemat, rubber paint texture tools, anything goes, Ha.

  8. Wonderful tray.~Mary

  9. Hi Mary, thanks ever so much, happy hallows eve to you.

  10. Hi Linda....for rims, which I must admit are kind of a bete noir for me:

    When I use a form I cut it off at the rim following the form. After I remove the form and when the mug is leather hard I run a soft, well rung out sponge around the rim to round it off at the same time I flare it out a bit.

    If I pinch or slab build without a form I don't do anything until it's soft leather hard then even it out with a sponge.

    If I'm unhappy with the rims I have no hesitation to take a surform or a scotch green scrubby to them to get what I want and finish with a soft sponge.

    Hope this helps.......s.

  11. Hi Smartcat, thanks I do appreciate your advice and that you noticed that I should pay attention to the rims. I am self taught and some of the well known (by others) details have passed me by along the way. This clay takes well to the green scrubbie and other wipings, but I have had groggy clay that was terrible after trying to smooth it out, it only brought up gritty sand.

    Hi Lori, thanks so much, hopefully they keep their texture after glazing.


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