Aug 27

Book Review: A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Just when I think I’m tired of fantasy, something like this comes along and blows me away with its fresh new look. How can you make a book about dragons feel different? How can you make another too-literate young lady of breeding in a Victorianesque England-ish country seem …

Continue reading »

Aug 26

Short Spiky Pot

short spiky pot

 What I wanted was a pot covered over in a repeating pattern of small raised bumps. I tried using a mini-extruder, but they wouldn’t stick. Then I tried rolling a coil and making small nubs, but that took too much time. I ended up filling a makeshift pastry bag with slip and just applying it …

Continue reading »

Aug 24

Blue Thrown Coffee Cup

 I made these cups for a friend of mine, who wanted snarky anti-religious chapter and verse notations for dreadful bible verses. At the last minute, I decided not to include them and just make a pretty, functional cup. It’s startling how much work goes into something you would barely even glance at if you saw …

Continue reading »

Aug 20

Book Review: The Silvered

The Silvered by Tanya Huff This has all the typical paranormal romance/urban fantasy tropes set in a Victorian technology, high-fantasy world. It has sexy werewolves and mages, hot air balloons and cannons and muskets. At times it felt like a regency romance, with the status-mad mother of the female heroine and the description of the …

Continue reading »

Aug 19

Stencil Slab Pot

 This slab pot, as well as the other one, were great learning experiences. Mostly I learned that slab building is hard. It relies on the slabs being just the right amount of hardness, which is difficult to manage if you’re doing it at a studio you only visit once a week. Too soft, and the …

Continue reading »

Older posts «