Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Old School Ceramics, Part 1


It's no secret that I'm obsessed with vintage ceramics. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them and buy them often at estate sales.


Last month, Andy's grandmother mentioned that she had recently started doing ceramics again and I was delighted to hear it. I told her I'd love to join her and we set a date. I was soooooo excited! I was about to do real, old-school ceramics!


Nanny does ceramics in her friend Barbara's basement. She has known Barbara for 50 years! Barbara used to own a ceramics shop but now she is a hobbyist...but don't be fooled, she is seriously legit.


Her entire basement is filled to the brim with supplies and she even has a kiln!


She has hundreds and hundreds of ceramics molds and has already poured hundreds of figurines ready for cleaning.


Once you pick what you want to do, you clean it, which means you scrape the seams off, sand them, and restore the definition that was taken out through that process. She will fire the piece, then you glaze or dry brush it.

I am so drawn to Christmas ceramics, so I decided to do a Santa and Mrs. Claus (even though it's April!). I cleaned them up and this Saturday, she will teach me how to paint them. SO EXCITING!


I am so happy to be learning ceramics from such a talented teacher - and someone who has been doing it for decades! It makes me feel a little closer to the generations that have gone before me and it's fun quality time with Nanny!

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  1. how fun! i can't wait to see how your santa turns out!

  2. Oh wow... I can't wait to see how it turns out! My mother did a lot of these when I was a child, and they're some of my favorite family heirlooms.

  3. Oh my goodness, SO COOL. THAT BASEMENT IS SO COOL. I love to see fully, for-real, professional set ups for crafts like this. Looking forward to seeing how your Clauses turn out! (Prediction: awesome)

  4. Yay for clay! I'm excited to see what glaze colors you choose, they are going to be lovely!

  5. They look gorgeous. The only ceramics I did were when I was in school. I wish I had a teacher. I need to get involved in an art class. I miss it.

  6. Good for you. You are going to have so much fun.

    I checked out classes last summer at a local ceramic shop. That was last summer. Time is not on my side. I was surprized at how affordable the classes are. Maybe when the little one goes to school next fall I can fit it in.

    Just think of all the cool things you can make.


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