8 Sep 10

How to care for ceramics – part two

Cleaning your pottery

Ok so you’ve now determined that your piece is in perfect condition, time to clean!

A lot of people recommend that you use hot soapy water which is fine, if your nervous about cleaning your pottery this is the way to go.

If you’ve got a casserole dish or anything with baked on food soak your piece first, ideally overnight with hot water and washing up liquid. This should release the stubborn food and allow you to clean your pot easier without the need to scrub it. You should do this to guarantee your piece comes out clean regardless of hand washing or putting it in the dishwasher.

If theres any kind of gold leaf on the surface of the pot you should use a damp cloth in gentle circular motions. Gold leaf can be very delicate especially on vintage pieces, if you were to wash it intensively it’d just rub off.
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1 Sep 10

How to care for ceramics – part one

Before we get started I just wanted to say that this is my method for looking after ceramics, if it doesn’t work for you then feel free to disregard my advice totally!

Ceramics are created to be used, eventually they need cleaning to keep them looking shiny. Some pottery pieces will require more tender loving care than others but if you look after them they’ll last for years to come.

Dealing with cracks

If you gently chime your piece of pottery using your finger it should make a high pitched ringing noise. If it doesn’t then you’ve got a crack, its up to you to decide if you can live with this or not. From a hygiene point of view cracks in a pot can be breeding grounds for bacteria, so it might be better to get rid of these.

Dealing with chips

Chips in pots have similar problems to cracks. Chips can equally pose a health hazard and a risk of personal injury, these are best thrown away.
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21 Jul 10

North Yorkshire craft fair in Yarm

If you keep up with my tweets you’ll know that I participated in Yarm craft fair on Sunday, it was great to meet so many new shoppers and sellers from my local area!

The event was held at the lovely Preston Hall which I later found out was also a museum, it was in some lovely parkland that was great to explore on foot.



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28 Jun 10

Blogging tips for crafters

You may have noticed in one of the comments in my previous post Carolyn asked for some blogging tips. These are just my tips they aren’t definitive and I’ve probably left a lot out.

I think blogging can be separated into different actions.

1. Preparing your post.

Even before you start writing your blog post you should be thinking about what you’re going to write about. I usually try and start thinking about my next post straight after my last one.

This gives me time to think about it and prepare any photos required for the post. In taking photos you should treat these exactly the same as the product photos you have in your shop. Make them look professional even if you only use two or three in the end.
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