Oh dear – poor old blog, I do neglect you sometimes. And you’re going to get slightly shabby treatment now too. I listed a heap of new beads last week. Lots and lots of them – by far the biggest shop update I’ve ever done! A good number have sold but there’s still a lot of choice. Anyway, I should have blogged about them but i had to do a post for Art Bead Scene, so I blogged there about them. Now, lazily, I’m just going to copy that post and share it here too…..
Oh boy, have I been busy! As you may know if you regularly read this blog, I got a kiln fairly recently and have been making ceramic beads. Prior to that, for a short while, I was getting my stuff fired at a local potter’s place. I’m now falling into a production cycle of firings that results in large batches of beads. I may be wrong, but as I understand it, many ceramic bead makers use a kiln that is a bit smaller than the one I chose (now christened Bertha). So, my production cycle involves spending an age making up heaps and heaps of greenware to fill up all that space, ready to be bisque fired.
As you can see, I could actually get much more in here but I can only wait so long! I opted for a larger size because it was not that much more to get a kiln three times the size of the very smallest. Also, I was bothered that I wouldn’t be able to get many beads racks in glaze firings if I went for the small kiln. But, the drawback is that it takes a long time to get a batch of beads completed. It also means that I end up with a massive mountain of bisque that needs glazing, which can be a bit overwhelming. All this aside, I’m still loving the whole process. It was very good to get this greenware cooking. Did I whisper, Go, Bertha, Go!, as she whirred into action? I may have… . Then, after four glaze firings – two different stonewares and two different earthenwares – I finally had my batch finished. And then it was time for the dreaded photographing, editing and listing, which has taken much of this week. I finally got all these new beads into my bead shop last night. Anyway, time for a photo feast. Like I said, there were rather a lot of them…
These are just a few from that mountain in the kiln, so if you’re interested in seeing the others, click here.
As I said, many have sold – thank you, lovely customers –