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    Out of the Kiln

    November 20th, 2009

    Yesterday we did a glaze firing in our gas kiln.  Unloading a glaze firing is always a highlight for me.  I love to see how the colors come out and to see all of our hard work pay off in a beautiful finished product.  This firing went up to 2100 degrees Fahrenheit and takes a full 24 hours to reach that and then cool back down.  Because I am too impatient to allow it to cool all the way, we usually open it at 375 degrees.  This is OK to do and does not affect the glazes, but you do have to be careful when unloading at this temperature.  The pieces are very hot!   I wanted to share the experience with you, so below you will see a gallery of me unloading the kiln and the pieces as they come out.

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    Another special feature…

    November 20th, 2009

    We all know how beautiful the ornaments have turned out to be, but did you know they can also be personalized?


    Just use a fine point Sharpie to write your personalized note on the back.  It can be anything from a simple “to/from” note to a short message for your loved one.  More ideas:

    • Use them as gift tags to top presents
    • Give them as gifts to teachers, students, employees, and other friends
    • Give them as your yearly Christmas ornament to your children
    • They also make great stocking stuffers!

      The prices range from $2.75 to $4.25, so order yours today!

      “I’ve been happy with everything else you’ve done.”

      November 17th, 2009

      Around this time of year, Jean Elton receives some orders for Christmas gifts from busy professionals looking to purchase gifts for their employees, clients, or customers.  One such professional said the following, after placing an order for the Jean Elton tri-oval dishes:

      I’m excited about the plate also, but then again, I’ve been happy with everything else you’ve done. I love the fact that I can give my clients a piece of art by a local artisan. I believe in buying things close to home and supporting my neighbors.

      A Corporate Gift: Making of the Mug

      November 13th, 2009

      In the following video, you will see Lois Barker starting the process of making a mug.  You will see a piece of clay pressed almost instantly into the mug’s shape.  At the end of the video, you will see a mug that has already had the handle attached and is ready for a bisque firing.  Enjoy!

      If you’re interested in learning more about the RAM press, keep checking back on this blog for a behind-the-scenes look at all the various machines and equipment used at Jean Elton Studio.

      2009 Holiday Handcraft Show

      November 12th, 2009


      Saturday, December 5th – 10-4pm
      Sunday, December 6th – 12-3pm
      Email here for location


      Presented by Jean Elton Studio and Gallery
      Lois Barker
      Kathy Sackett
      Amy Willers


      Hand Made Ornaments
      Specialty Table Top Items
      Hand Painted Glassware
      Table Linens
      Handcrafted Jewelry
      Holiday Sweets and Treats
      Tablescape designs and decorating ideas


      Sip some cider or have a glass of wine
      Browse one of a kind beautifully designed pieces
      As you check off your Christmas Gift List.

      And here they are!

      November 5th, 2009

      Artist Lois adds lines to her butterfly.

      I have had so much fun with the Christmas ornaments, from finding all the fun cookie cutter shapes to adding the color and the glitter at the end!  All the Jean Elton artists have been involved in the painting, so we have a variety of personalities showing through in all the ornaments. Some are very precise and well measured, some are whimsical, and some are very modern.

      In the pictures below you will see the final steps of making the ornaments as well as the finished product. ( Just to warn you, you will be tempted to eat some decorated sugar cookies after viewing!) You will see the painting of each individual ornament, the glaze firing, the spraying (which adds a bit of a sheen), and finally adding just a touch of glitter.

      Thank you for keeping up with us here at Jean Elton! Please check back in a week or so for information on where the Christmas ornaments will be sold.

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