Category Archives: How-to-do-it

Breaking through a creative block

There are few things more discouraging than being stymied by a creative block. It’s a wasteland. If you can’t break through it shortly, you are bound to start suffering. Without anything to work on, you are also at loose ends, … Continue reading

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Making artisan tile molds from clay

Today, I wandered over to the arts centre after an appointment downtown. I wanted to pick up a mold I’d made. It turned out well and I’ve added it to my collection and now have four. For some reason, they … Continue reading

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Earth plaster & clay slip for straw bale homes

The material used on the outside of straw bale homes is made of clay, sand, and organic matter. These days it’s called earthen plaster, but this mud mix has been used for about centuries in the form of wattle and … Continue reading

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Heavy clay bookends that won’t budge

The top of my linen chest is the area I’ve designated for my gardening and birding books. I’ve never been too happy with it, though, because the ‘bookends’. On left end, I have two of my grandfather’s glass insulators which … Continue reading

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Welcome the fall with these melodic lovelies…

Welcome the fall with these melodic lovelies… Gather leaves, roll out a thin slab, places the leaves on it, then, using a rolling pin, press the leaves down into the clay. Make sure you get the outline and veins. Cut … Continue reading

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The satisfaction of homemade and ‘found’ pottery tools

You don’t see much whittling these days, but it used to be a major pastime. I tried my hand at it with my white, pearlized pocket knife. My brothers had jack knives and I bet they learned to whittle with … Continue reading

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New assistive technology for JSCW: iMac Option

Assistive technology is amazing. It is a terrific aid to anyone, whether they are disabled or not. Students who put in long hours over texts are often slumped over a table, or are propping a book open, or glued to … Continue reading

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