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Woot! Pg 29

Our Dangerously Spiky Mugs are without a doubt the most popular thing we make.

We get lots of free press on a multitude of blogs but being featured in Bobby Deen’s new cookbook is the coolest.

When we were contacted by Libbie Summers a food stylist from Savannah about using our pottery as props in a cookbook she was working on we got pretty excited.

But after finding out what cookbook it was we were stoked.

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We do a lot of stamping to our pottery so being able to make our own clear stamps is a nice asset.  We had been sending PDF’s to rubberstamps.net to get our custom stamps made.  Takes a little time and the stamps are a solid red rubber which can be a pain.  Clear is better, fast is better, in-house is even better.

The plan was to go the total DIY route and build a UV exposure box and magnetic negative holders.  But we are beyond busy so we had to purchase a consumer stamp making system.  There are several companies selling the same unit under different names.  We found the cheapest version at overstock.com, the Teresa Collins Stampmaker.  It works perfectly and we are very happy with the results but with any store bought solution comes limitations.  It’s too small…WAY too small.  We plan a short term remedy by making our own negative holder that will squeeze into the exposure unit utilizing every square millimeter and purchasing the UV liquid stamp goo instead of using the prepackaged packs.  But for the time being we’ll just make due with what we’ve got.

The process is incredibly simple.  Create a negative of what you want to make using your computer printer on clear film and expose some goo with UV light through the negative.  The light solidifies the goo that’s visible through the negative and the rest gets washed away leaving you with a stamp.

This is our first try.  This is the maximum size of the gel packs that come with the kit.

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And this is what we did with the stamps.

A dozen coffee cups for a cafe in Seattle.

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And a few dog treat jars.

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The glaze pools in the stamping very well.

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Always Something New

Loving our custom orders.

We’ve been asked to make several pieces that we never thought of, from lidded mugs to tea infusers to french butter crocks.  We didn’t know there were different types of dog bowls too.

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So when we were commissioned to make this set of dog bowls one was something we had never heard of,  a “slow feeder bowl”.

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It has “blockers” in the bottom of the bowl to make it more difficult for a dog to eat their food fast.  Slows that overdrive puppy down.

We threw a few “shot glasses” of the hump and attached them to the bottom of the bowl.  We then carved out the bottom of the bowl under the humps so the bottom looks like a bowling ball.

The customer left us this nice feedback at our Etsy store today.

“Where do I start? I am so happy with these bowls for my fur kids! They are beautiful and so well made. Scott and Angi made a slow feeder food bowl for one of mine who wolfs his food down. I sent a picture of what I was looking for and they made it! Excellent communication from start to finish. And the packaging & shipping of the bowls was perfect — there was no way for anything to break no matter how rough the FedEx ride! I appreciated your beautiful cards as well! Thank you for everything! Highly recommend this shop!”

Erin O.

Angi and I were given the honor of making 20 treat jars for the Humane Society.  We make lots of treat jars but this is the cats meow.  They found us through Etsy, have I mention WE LOVE ETSY!

We had a stamp made of their logo and Angi put a simple slip trailed dot for the ball in the dogs mouth.

 

New Orders

Latest batch of work out of the kiln.  All this plus about 18 spiky mugs.

New favorite a Semi Dangerously Spiky Dog Bowl.  Added as a made to order at our Etsy Store

Our latest glaze kiln firing was mostly spiky mugs but that’s not all that was in there.

Here are some highlights including this Dangerously Spiky Sugar Bowl.

If you follow our blog you’ve noticed most of our work is done in earthenware.  We’ve been making more and more stoneware as of late and here is our latest batch fresh and toasty from the kiln.  We were a bit nervous firing lids on the lidded jars having never fired them on the jars before.  Adding alumina hydrate to wax resist is a stroke of genius (thanks Hsin-Chuen Lin for the tip).