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Grateful Dead steal your face mug

December 2013


Someone asked me to make a Steal Your Face mug back during the summer.   I thought about it for awhile because I wasn’t sure how to get the small details and to have something that I would like.  After some tests I was able to combine several techniques that I’ve used in the past to get it to work.  I also thought the backside turned out nice.


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Canister sets

July 3, 2013   I’ve finally made some stoneware canister sets that will hold 5 lbs. of flour and 5 lbs. of sugar.   The largest canister is 10 3/4 inches to the top of handle.  Now that I know the dimensions they need to be and how much clay to use they will be a lot easier to make.


canister set     canister set

Canister sets

May 29, 2013


Lately, I’ve been working on stoneware canister sets.  I thought I could make a canister large enough to hold 5 lbs of flour on my first try…when will I learn with clay things rarely go right the first time.  Hopefully, I’ll have it down pat soon.


canister set     canister set





Holiday Sale 2012

December 2012

Many, many thanks to all who stopped by during the Holiday sale and I hope you all enjoy your pots.

Here are some presale photos.



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Holiday sale Holiday sale Holiday sale Holiday sale


workhorse – old Walker pugmill

September 2012

It may not look like much but this old Walker pugmill is a workhorse.   It can handle 100lbs of clay at a time.  I mix all of my clay using dry ingredients and add water.  I also throw in my slops which kind of acts like a starter for aging the newer clay.  Anyway, this machine does a great job just keep those digits away from the blades.


walker pugmill     walker pugmill


auger in pugmill                clay



last of the mug club mugs

March 2012

Finally finished the mugs for Cooper’s restaurant mug club.   They now have them hanging up over the bar.

I made quite a few face mugs because it was fun playing around with expressions, although, several ended up looking mad.

I also enjoyed trying out different textures on the mugs.  Especially on the face mugs.  A rough face with lots of character seemed to be more interesting than a smooth face.


face mug    mug club    Love mugs


mug club    mug club    mug club



pics of mugs for mug clug

Feb, 2012

About half of the second order of 50 mugs are finished for the mug club at Cooper’s restaurant.  Here’s a few of them.


face mugs      mugs      mugs

face mugs                  face mug                 face mug





more mugs

Jan, 2012

Cooper’s Restaurant wants 50 more mugs for their mug club.  That will be 100 total.  It’s been a challenge because they want them all unique…very unique.  So I’ve been playing around with designs, textures and glazes.  I’ve even embedded small stones and copper wire in some.  They are all numbered on the bottom.  Here’s a few waiting to be fired.