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Our family uses my pottery every day, in our home and garden.  For his morning coffee, my husband always uses his favourite mug, made by me in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1990.  It has been in the microwave and dishwasher thousands of times and still looks great.

My work is made to be used.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. I want you to enjoy your pottery forever!  My ceramics are made with a porcelain clay body. For a few sculptural pieces I use a porcelain and white stoneware mix.  These high-fired clays are durable and strong, and will last a very long time with some basic care.

Treat your ceramics kindly by avoiding three things that can be lethal: 
1. impact, 2. water freezing inside a form, and 3. rapid or uneven change of temperature.

1. The most obvious is to protect your ceramics from any kind of impact such as knocking or dropping.

2. My Bird feeders have been tested in Canadian winters in Winnipeg and survive minus 30 degree temperatures.  The crucial thing is to keep the drainage holes clear so that water does not collect.  In Victoria we leave our Bird feeders and baths outdoors all year, but all ceramic will crack eventually if it fills with water and then freezes.  If in doubt I recommend bringing them indoors during cold winter weather.

3. My work is not designed for use on the stove-top.  Pottery certainly can be used for cooking, but all ceramic, with the exception of specialty “flameware”, is susceptible to damage from rapid and/or uneven changes in temperature.   Do not put pottery from fridge or freezer to a hot oven.  If possible it is best to let the ceramic warm up with the oven, but pottery at room temperature is OK to go into a hot oven as long as the food is fairly evenly distributed.  When removing a hot ceramic item from the oven, take care not to set it down on a cold surface.  

For best results with a porcelain teapot, pre-warming the pot with hot tap water before making your tea with water just off the boil will aid in keeping your tea hot, and also ensure that you enjoy your teapot for many years.

The pottery can be used in the microwave and dishwasher.   The colour will not fade or wash away.  Dishwasher detergents can have a cumulative abrasive effect so you may prefer to hand wash items that see a lot of use.  Delicate fragile pieces that must be hand washed will have this noted in the product description. 

            Making Seedpods slideshow                  Click image for captions.

at the potters wheel today
it all starts with a lump of clay
isolating a portion of clay
using just the top part of the hump
throw a small cup shape
cut off the cup, leave the rest
start again making another cup
playing with shape
altering the shape
by pushing out from the inside
using a wood tool to add lobes
accentuate the shape
push out using a finger for dots
ready for a variety of tops
variety of sizes and shapes
start with another lump of clay
roll out to an even thickness
roll over a textured fired clay slab
the clay takes the reverse pattern
make some patterned, some plain
using tin cans for cutters
air inside helps pop out the clay
drape over convex bisque forms
some dotty tops attached
closed form, air inside
make a hole in the base
large enough to fit a dowel
the dowel fits snugly
and will stay there on its own
with wet hand, squeeze the base
pull to elongate
keep hand wet
shape with thumb pressure
gradually elongate
shape grooves
sponge to clean up marks
the dowel can come out now
dry, glaze and fire
seed pod with lacy top

Cindy Gibson, ceramic seedpod, porcelain, garden art seed-pod

seed pod with runny dots

Cindy Gibson, seedpod, ceramic seedpod, porcelain seed-pod, garden art seed pod

seedpod, indigo carved, dot top

Cindy Gibson, seedpod, indigo slip sgraffito, blue and white, ceramic seedpod, porcelain seed-pod, ceramic garden art

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