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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My first gingerbread house!

I decided this year I would skip making cookies and instead make my first gingerbread house for Christmas. I decided to build it Christmas Eve using graham crackers since I like those more than gingerbread. After I had bought all the supplies the night before, I was SO excited to get to work on it! I think maybe because of my recent handbuilding projects I was in the box building mode!

Christmas Eve morning I made my frosting, got out the candy and other goodies, and got started. Five hours later I was done! 

I love my little pretzel porch and cookie tree! I had a pretzel fence made but I ran out of frosting before I could attach it to the baking tray I was building on. I also had a pile of candy left I wish I could have attached on, but I learned my lesson, next time I will make more frosting (and not spill a cup of it on my pants). I had so much fun making it and I can't wait until I do it again!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's not too late for more ornaments on the tree!

Christmas is nearly here but it's definitely not too late to add a few additions to your tree. Head down to the Boston Handmade Downtown Gallery to grab one of my new porcelain star ornaments! There's many other artists who have ornaments there as well, so you'll be sure to find one that is perfect for you. Don't wait, the last day to shop is Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lidded Boxes at Boston Handmade Downtown Gallery

As someone who mostly makes mostly thrown work, I decided to switch it up a bit and make some hand-built boxes with the rope texture seen in most of my work. I sometimes forget how laborious hand-building can be. 

My shapes cut from a slab of clay textured with rope
The lid upside down. The small lips are to
make sure it doesn't slide around and fall off.
Creating the box sides. 
After a lot of scraping and smoothing...voila! box!
3 unfired boxes with different clays
Want to see the finished glazed boxes? Well then you simply MUST go to the Boston Handmade Downtown Gallery before it closes December 24 because that is the only way you will! Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 11-7, at 505 Washington St, Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA