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Fired Up

The finished ring jug, I was a little disappointed, my mistake I thought the octopus would look cool in the natural clay. Now after seeing the jug I feel the octopus would have been better with color.
Ring Jug

Below I wanted to share a few of the kiln mates of Mr. Octo

Red Jug  Three Pigs

Old Happy  turtles

Mug  Evil Eyes

Above beer mugs, I like the one on the left, he will go on EBay soon. I thought what the heck I am going to give it a try, wish me luck!!! ;-) The mug on the right whom I call Evil Eyes will go into my etsy store. The glaze on evil eyes did not do exactly what I thought it would do.

The jug top left was washed in iron oxide no glaze on outside but glazed inside. I really like how he turned out, I have sold a few styled this way. I am sorry about the pigs picture I tried three times to get a good picture but still a little on the fuzzy side. But I still wanted to share.

As always it is a learning experience when I open the kiln.

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Ring Jug

I took this style of Beer Stein to the store in Cedar Key three weeks ago, it sold within 5 hours! I was so excited I thought I should make a couple more and see what happens.

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What is your opinion of the ring jug? I think it is a fun challenge, matter of fact I think it is easier to throw a ring jug verses a regular jug. I wish I could do as some potters and be able to throw many items in a day but alias I am not great at the wheel. Heck I get excited if I can throw six mugs in a row. ;-)

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Sad to Say

The old man fell on the floor and fell to pieces!

Old Man

What a past couple of weeks I have had! I was so proud, thinking I was getting ahead, wrong! Loaded the kiln and started cooking and thought to myself I have time to work on my parents memorial garden! OUCH! I pulled my back, I really did not think it was all that bad until the next day. Walking a little slow I head out to check the kiln only to find a piece had exploded. I just closed the lid and went back inside.

A few days passed and my back was getting worse, that Sunday I was scheduled to be at the Keyhole. Luckily someone was willing to exchange days with me. I am so grateful for the added time to heal and enjoy my ice packs.

Funny how one little movement can put a kibosh to a well laid plan. I opened my kiln to a mess a little over week ago and it has taken me since then to glaze what was not damaged by the blast. My husband was so helpful by vacuuming the kiln out, adding kiln wash to the shelves and so on.

My back is improving with each day and I look forward to being at the Keyhole this Friday..

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Having a little fun!

Old Man

Old Man

I have worked on items to restock the store but today I just wanted to play. I started out making thimbles, from there I made this guy sitting in his chair relaxing with his favorite beverage to a fish with a face. I must say it was good to just play with no agenda.

I am excited to see how this guy turns out in the last firing!

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Kiln Fired

I finally got a few fun things fired for the store in Cedar Key, they are having their yearly art festival on April 12th and 13th, I do believe this is their 50th year!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!

turtle   turtles do smile

old blue eyes S&P

cool fish side view

Bird house right side view

special note the mug and jug will be going into my etsy store soon.

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Sandy

Sandy

February was a difficult month for me, I lost my girl Sandy, she was my baby girl. It has been hard getting back into the swing of things because Sandy was my shop dog. When she came into the shop she would always plant herself right in my path, I would have to climb over her to get to my work. How I miss that!!!!

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Etsy Store

I decided to give it a whirl and open an Etsy Store!!

The process of setting up the store was easy until the following question, NAME OF STORE. What I thought would be the easiest part turned out the most difficult.

I entered the name Connie’s Place, taken, no sweat I had several other shop names. You know I sat in front of the computer entering name after name with no success. At this point I felt it best to leave the computer room and relax.

I was kicking back in my recliner thinking about what I read in an etsy article, it said, pick a name that reflects your work. It hit me, I went back on the  internet site and entered a name, accepted!!!

Introducing you to my new Etsy store!

UglyMug Studio

Click the link in the side bar to visit my new store!