Last week, Lise, owner of Main Street Yarns in Mason, OH, treated her teachers and employees to a night at the Mad Potter. Our task was to create our own special piece of pottery while brainstorming ideas for new classes and events for the shop.
We had a blast!!! Each of us chose to make a yarn bowl.
This was my first experience at one of these shops. I've noticed them before but have never been in one. Well, as soon as I walked in, I fell in love! Color and interesting things everywhere! Finished tiles, platters, bowls, mugs, etc. plus hundreds of pieces of unpainted greenware just waiting for the touch of a paintbrush. I swear I could hear them all beckoning to me to come closer and choose them - to make them come alive with color.
We all chose our paint / glaze colors and decided how we wanted to paint our bowls. Then, we bravely set out with paint and brushes.
It was great fun and all of our bowls turned out really well. I was so impressed with the finished projects - so polished and professional looking compared to the rough pre-glazed work.
Most of us used one or more of the Crystal Glazes. These contain chunks that kind of burst when fired making spots of color. So, our pre-kiln pieces looked like they were full of warts! With this in mind, you can tell why I was so impressed by our finished pieces.
I chose two of the Crystal Glazes and the chunks were so large in mine that I had to apply them by hand. They would fall off and I would stick them back on. The big chunks made the big orange spots you see on the black background of the outside of my bowl. I chose a different color but same type of glaze for the inside of my bowl. The chunks were quite a bit smaller which resulted in smaller spots of color.
Now, I want every knitter I know to go to one of these stores and make their own yarn bowl. It's more fun than that proverbial barrel of monkeys!
Thanks, Lise, for doing this! It was a real treat!