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Monthly Archives: June, 2017

The latest houses out of the kiln include a few new designs and/or col0r combos. I have designed and made over 100 houses now and and there are no two that are just alike. Though the basic design may be the same, there is definitely SOMETHING different that makes the house truly unique. (I'm kinda' proud of that fact!)

New houses…

The latest houses out of the kiln include a few new designs and/or color combos. I have designed and made over 100 houses now and and there are no two that are just alike. Though the basic design may be the same, there is definitely SOMETHING different that makes the house truly unique. (I'm kinda' proud of that fact!) So....here are a few of the new cottages just waiting for your fairies to move in!! I am just showing the fronts of the houses here but if you are interested in any of them, contact me for the other views...

I love this tiny "efficiency" cottage. I could live here if I was a fairy!

($25.00)

This smaller version of a castle is sure to look just right on your shelf or in your garden!

($35.00)

A wonderful textured roof  tops off this bright yellow cottage with a kitty in the window

($40.00)NO LONGER AVAILABLE

This "brick" sided cottage has a very whimsical tree growing in it's yard!!

($40.00) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

This Moroccan inspired cottage has a nice cobalt blue roof and door

($40.00)

A tropical looking roof tops off this larger sized rustic house with blue accents

($45.00)

A sunny yellow cottage but with red "shingled" roof and trim this time!

($40.00)

Do you know a cat lover? Well, this 3 kitty cottage is for them!!

($35.00)

Another mini-castle with wonderful textured walls

($35.00) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Hope you enjoyed seeing the new designs. Choose one today while the selection is good!!

The studio shelves are getting full as I stock up for two big summer events where I'll be offering my fairy houses for sale. I'm enjoying putting a new twist on older designs and coming up with new ones to tempt the discriminating fairy family.

Stocking up!!!

The studio shelves are getting full as I stock up for two big summer events where I'll be offering my fairy houses for sale. I'm enjoying putting a new twist on older designs and coming up with new ones to tempt the discriminating fairy family. There is literally something for every taste on these shelves and I can't wait to see the reaction of folks shopping for a garden fairy house this summer!!     

Someone recently asked how long it takes to make a fairy house. It's not a cut and dry answer or process but basically this is how it happens:  I get an idea first and then turn that idea into a template or pattern. I then use a slab roller to compress and flatten the clay to the desired thickness and length and width. I have a small slab roller in my home studio but the one at the

The process….

  Someone recently asked how long it takes to make a fairy house. It's not a cut and dry answer or process but basically this is how it happens:  I get an idea first and then turn that idea into a template or pattern. I then use a slab roller to compress and flatten the clay to the desired thickness and length and width. I have a small slab roller in my home studio but the one at the Clayworks Studio is very large so I can do bigger pieces more easily there. After the clay is rolled out, I cut out the individual pieces using my templates. I  use a drafting square or t-square to get even edges. Once I have all the components of a house cut out, I sometimes need to let them set up a bit before I can piece them together otherwise they may sag. This part is tricky as you can't let them get too hard or they won't form a good bond when you join the pieces. I score the edges and moisten them with "magic water" (a simple chemical solution which melds the clay together) and press them together. There's a lot of evening up and squaring of edges at this point if the house is angular in nature. The round houses must also be joined at the edges and roof line but it's not as critical to get the edges as even as it is with the square or rectangular houses. After the basic piece is assembled, I let it sit a while before I work on the details otherwise I would disturb the integrity and strength of the piece. Usually I will start on another house at this point and go back to the first one when it is stable enough to work on again. There is a point when the clay becomes "leather hard" when you can actually carve into it without causing any (or much) damage. This is when I get to do the tiny details like carving out a doorframe, inserting a doorknob, cutting out windows and lastly...affixing tiny details that I have created separately to adhere to the basic structure. These might be vines and flowers, a flowered garden lattice, cats, lamps or vases for the windowsills. Sometimes I add a window awning, shutters or flower boxes complete with tiny flowers. These details take a LOT OF TIME!!!

This leather hard fairy house is ready to be bisque fired

I always carve my name on the inside of the front door of the house while the clay is still pliable. Next, the assembled piece will sit for a day or two to dry out. At the Clayworks Studio, there are several shelves for pieces that are awaiting the bisque (first) firing in the kiln. That's where the house stays until there are enough pieces on the shelves to fill the kiln.

These figures have been bisque fired and are pinkish in color now

The bisque firing takes a few days to accomplish because the kiln reaches a very high temperature and then must cool down slowly before the pieces can be removed from the kiln. At this point, the piece turns a sort of pink color if built with the regular earthen clay. The porcelain clay will turn completely white during the bisque firing. So it depends on which clay you are working with . I mostly use the dark clay but I like to use the porcelain clay for lattices as they won't need to be glazed since they are already white. So after they are bisque fired, I glaze (paint with special clay paints) the pieces. This part takes the most time as my pieces have so many tiny details. Sometimes after I glaze a certain detail, I must then cover it with a thin coat of liquid wax to protect it from the next color bleeding onto it......very time consuming!! Once the piece is completely glazed (painted) it goes onto another set of shelves along with other pieces awaiting the glaze (final) firing.

The glaze (paint) has been applied to this piece and it will now be glaze fired

Depending on how much work is being produced at any given time, it may sit there a few days before going back into the kiln. Once again this process is all about reaching high temperatures and slow cooling so again...a few days are involved. When the glaze firing is completed and the kiln is emptied onto our personal shelves at the Clayworks Studio it's like Christmas morning for each of us as there is always a degree of mystery as to how the colors will develop....no matter how many times you have used that color!! So that is how long it takes to make a fairy house!!

This is the final product after the glaze firing!!

Basically potters make about 3 cents an hour when you consider all that goes into creating a beautiful bowl, mug, vase or yes...a fairy house...but we do it because we love to do it and if we can sell our pieces for a wee bit, we can make enough to buy more supplies to do it all over again....now that's LOVE!!!!

My form of exercise is walking. It also happens to be my meditation time. It's a time of reflection when I get my priorities for the day in order...get my head on straight as it were! I can usually manage on average 3 miles a day 5,  days a week though some days I walk further and some days it's a little less. I listen to my body. If I feel I need a challenge and I'm up for it, I push a little harder. If I'm feeling like it's too much effort to put one foot in front of the other...I give myself a break. It is the kindest, most loving thing I do just for me....walking! Many times when I'm walking, I think of new designs for my houses or new ideas for projects, I say prayers of thanks for the beauty around me and for the gift that I am able to continue to walk....for my health in general. I think about people I love and pray for people who are in need of healing. I walk along and I don't carry ear phones for music or books on tape...I listen to nature or to my inner voice. Sometimes, like this morning, a poem forms in my mind and I capture it as soon as I get home....

A COUNTRY LANE

My form of exercise is walking. It also happens to be my meditation time. It's a time of reflection when I get my priorities for the day in order...get my head on straight as it were! I can usually manage on average 3 miles a day/3 to 5 days a week though some days I walk further and some days it's a little less. I listen to my body. If I feel I need a challenge and I'm up for it, I push a little harder. If I'm feeling like it's too much effort to put one foot in front of the other...I give myself a break. It is the kindest, most loving thing I do just for me....walking! Many times when I'm walking, I think of new designs for my houses or new ideas for projects, I say prayers of thanks for the beauty around me and for the gift that I am able to continue to walk....for my health in general. I think about people I love and pray for people who are in need of healing. I walk along and I don't carry ear phones for music or books on tape...I listen to nature or to my inner voice. Sometimes, like this morning, a poem forms in my mind and I capture it as soon as I get home....

A COUNTRY LANE

I walk along a country lane in the early morning air

enjoying the quiet solitude I find as I wander there.

The pastel columbine and flocks catch a gentle breeze

and sway a dance of welcome...sheltered by the trees.

Feathery ferns that were fiddleheads just the other day

are playing host to baby fawns who linger there to play.

It's a lush green world with dew-kissed grass

where rabbits scatter as I pass

where the cooing of the mourning dove

lends a soulful sound of peace

....and love.

by Maron Craig Bielovitz

6/11/2017

Some fairies love the muted colors of nature so their homes blend into the garden setting and almost become invisible. Other fairies love the pastel colors of summer. They want their homes to be light and airy...to stand out and be noticed!!

Summer colors!!

Some fairies love the muted colors of nature so their homes blend into the garden setting and almost become invisible. Other fairies love the pastel colors of summer. They want their homes to be light and airy...to stand out and be noticed!! If the fairies in your garden are of the more flamboyant variety, they will love these new homes I just created. I was a little bolder with the glazes and the result is some really cute and fun houses now available for summer!!

How about a fun toadstool cottage with bright yellow and red accents?

($35.00)NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The powder blue trim on this bungalow is sure to please.

($45.00)

Tulips rule in the garden and window sill of this quaint house

($50.00)

This one bedroom tiny cottage is bright and cozy

($25.00)

The fancy tiles on the roof give this house a Mediterranean feel!

(45.00)NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Another toadstool cottage with yummy orange details!

($35.00) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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