With everything (and in life), the bottom is the foundation. In the pit, its a thick, soft layer of wood shavings or sawdust (or whatever the person selling you the stuff said it was). As usual, finding the sawdust/shavings was a Craigslist adventure, and I found a person selling full bags about 30 miles away. My craigslist guidelines are to not go to a private home alone and to preferably meet them in a public place, as opposed to inviting them to my home if I am selling something… hence, my husband, Dana, came along for the ride. And since we were driving at least 30 miles we had to combine it with other errands/stops, such as clothing shopping, computer purchase homework, etc…etc….thereby not making a quick errand of it… A day later, I have 3 bags of sawdust which will last me for a few firings. The pit bottom is layered with about 6 inches of sawdust, which I will mix with dried coffee grounds which will tentatively give a brown coloring to the pottery… (the coffee ground story? this errand was quick, I was by myself and the used grounds are in a bin outside Custom Coffee House, free for the taking!)
Vintage lace collecting seems to be my current past time as I am always on the look out for that perfect doily design which fits a unique shape perfectly. I am learning how lace was made and for what items--pillowcase edging, table scarf borders, collars, cuffs, and more. The workmanship and detail are incredible! Each piece of lace is used repeatedly, with no harm other than clay dust (which can be gently washed out).... any of the lace designs can fit on a wide variety of shapes, so customizing pieces for you is very easy. Get in touch if you'd like some custom, one of kind, serving pieces for your holiday table.
A New Face for Old Lace
Give your grandmother's vintage lace doily a new life and a new purpose by pressing it into clay and making it into a bowl, a platter, a mug, a plate, a spoon rest--whatever you decide! (Clay dust will be washed out of the original doily and returned to you for safekeeping.) Now enjoy that new clay item with your family, thinking of your relative each time you use it. A unique idea for a wedding gift, a birthday gift, Mother's Day, etc.... Once I have received your lace items and we've decided what items you would like created, allow 4 weeks for the finished product. The possibilities are endless! Email for more information fatrobinpottery.com