It’s in the works…

Bisqued pots ready to glaze

Sometimes, pots are beautiful even without the glaze,… in fact, sometimes, i’m in love even before it gets to the first firing. The trick is to not to blow it up in the bisque firing or mess it up with the wrong glaze.

I thought I would try out my iPhone’s picture quality… it’s not bad.

These pots survived the bisque firing. Thank goodness because the espresso cups are a special order, already paid for. And the other one is a darling little soy sauce pot… a tiny teapot? Pretend tea party teapot? It’s only about 5 in tall. I was hoping that the leaves would give away its size but it’s not really doing its job. I will glaze tomorrow and fire on Wednesday and hopefully on Friday, I can post the finished piece. Success or failure, I will post my results.

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Thursday, November 10th.

Glaze firing was a success! While the little tea pot did survive the glazing, it is unfortunately a sample pot. Reasons? The spout was mis-engineered. Who thought that being a potter means you need to have an understanding of chemistry and engineering! The spout does not function because it’s not attached at a reasonable angle for liquid to pour properly. Additionally, the glaze from the inside of the spout tip did not adhere well, so the liquid drips from the spout. All in all, it looks good, but it would be classified as a non-functional item. I will post photo of that soon.

I do have photos of the esspresso cups with the saucers that were special ordered for Jenny from my 2Frogs Studio Shop on Etsy.


2Frogs at ClaySpace Fall Open House and Sale

I am excited to announce that I will have a table at the ClaySpace Fall Open House & Holdiay Sale. Saturday, November 13th, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, November 14th at 11am – 4pm. Refreshments are being served and I will be there to greet everyone! There are 10 other artists includings one who will offer glass jewelry and accessories.

Pieces featured will include some of my new work with the red glazes including lidded jars, mugs, bowls, vases and teapots. Most of these are featured on Etsy as well. If you can’t make it out next weekend, do visit my Etsy shop and leave me a note.

ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Studio is located at 28W210 Warrenville Road, in Warrenville, just north of I-88. Click on the map for a google map.


Map to ClaySpace



2Frogs Opens on Etsy with Mugs and Teapots

Wow, it’s been a busy summer! And too soon over. With temperatures below 45 last night, it hits you right away that in Chicago, fall comes and goes even faster.

I have a new announcement! I’ve opened an Etsy store front.
So far I am getting a nice flow of traffic and some sales… ok 2. Still very excited to show and sell.

This series of pots are with the red glaze. It’s working really nicely and mixed with a cream glaze or with the blue glaze, it give me results that are somewhat predictable and spontaneous at the same time.

I’m also launching my “potbelly” series of pots starting with mugs and lidded jars. It’s called Potbelly because it has a nice paunch belly. My mom is the one to thank for this idea, and I’ll take the credit for improving on this. Unlike most handmade mugs, I use fine stoneware so that I can throw thinner but still be strong. The design is rounded in the middle and hold more than you think, while the bottom still shows stability and carries the weight and keeps coffe or tea warm. The rim is rounded and flares out a bit and comfortably forms to your lips. I like the handle the best. It’s is hand pulled and curves into itself and attached upside down.

Ahhh, and the teapots.

About two years ago, as I was making my first ever teapot, I was having such a difficult time, I claimed that I would never, ever, ever, ever make another teapot. Well, as with some challenges, I am compelled to master that which I struggle with. (I qualify this with the fact that I do not follow this all the time. I think my family hope that I am not compelled to bake again. oh well.)

I think this Red Teapot looks good. I have more and they are posted on Etsy, and a couple more waiting to be glazed. I think I will keep exploring but these shapes are both delicate and confident at the same time.

I am working on a few more forms and hope to post new soon.

Check out my Etsy shop and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for checking in.