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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25 Aug 10

Konnie Kapow!

I first came across Konnie on the Folksy forums and was really taken with her unique and eye-catching cards. She and Mr Kapow, who also provides artwork for the cards, live in Glasgow.

I’ve been to Glasgow quite a few times and it has a growing reputation for independent artists and designers who break away from the madding crowd of mass production.

What I enjoy most about their cards is they’re really geared up for that special someone, theres nothing generic to be found here! As soon as I saw Konnie’s Cowboy cards it made me think of my Dad who loves to reminisce about being a young boy idolising John Wayne.
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18 Aug 10

Pottery now in red!

I wanted to respond directly to a few of the comments left in my survey and let you have a peek at what I’m currently working on.

The most requested colour in the survey was red. I’d been thinking about introducing red into my glaze collection since I’d been asked for it on occasion in the past. So guess what?

I now have a red glaze! Its a beautiful Tivoli Red which gives a deep ruby colour when its thick or fabulous shaded tones when its spread thinner.


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11 Aug 10

Pottery giveaway contest winner

So last night I closed the pottery giveaway contest, I had 101 entries in total which was an overwhelming response so thank you! If you missed out this time I’m really sorry, I did close the contest slightly early to write this post.

Today is actually my birthday and I’ll be giving away a gift to one lucky winner.

The furthest away entry was from Indonesia and by far your favorite hobbies are within fiber arts with spinning, knitting and crochet being really popular. It was also great to read all your comments about how Little Wren Pottery can be improved, hopefully you’ll love the changes coming in the new range.

I can now reveal papillions was the winning entry. I’ll be getting in touch so keep an eye on your inbox!

If you didn’t win this time I’ll be hosting other giveaways soon so keep an eye on the site. Of course you can also still pick up a bargain in my shop sale too which is ongoing until the 24th of August.

Watch out for my next post which will undoubtedly feature a monster birthday cake! I’ll be making chocolate and vanilla marble cake.

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