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The handmade difference

Posted by Deborah Babcock on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Techniques 
A while back one of my customers gave me some feedback on a mug she had purchased from me that almost made me cry, it was so touching. She had purchased one of my handmade cups for a friend of hers who was losing her eyesight. She wanted her friend to have a coffee mug that she could tell by feel was her own one. Because my pieces are handmade, one at a time, each one has a different feel from the not-exactly-round shape to the way the handle fits in your fingers to the way I decorate pieces ...
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Vote in the Etsy Mud Team Challenge

Posted by Deborah Babcock on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, In : General news and information 


The Etsy Mud Team, of which I am a long time member, hosts challenges from time to time to encourage our members to try new techniques and forms. This week we are asking the public to vote on our latest challenge called Two by Two. Members made pottery pieces in sets of two. When you visit the site, you'll see 40 entries and will be asked to vote for your favorite. If you provide your email address, by return mail you'll receive a coupon good for 20% your purchase at dozens of online pottery ...
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Making Sprouts

Posted by Deborah Babcock on Thursday, February 23, 2012, In : Techniques 

In addition to being a ceramic artist, I am also a Colorado Master Gardener, having gone through a series of classes through Colorado State University held here in the Steamboat Springs area. That is likely why you see botanical themes in many of my pottery works.

The series of vases that I call Sprout (and have numbered in the order in which each one was made) is a case in point. It's very organic and looks like something that might pop through the soil in a garden. It starts out as a typical...

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The Art of Packing and Shipping

Posted by Deborah Babcock on Sunday, February 5, 2012, In : Business How Tos 
In my Etsy pottery shop, some of the funniest feedback I get is from people who are amazed at how well the pottery makes it through the mailing system. I've seen comments about the outside box being crushed, torn, dented, and pierced yet the pieces inside are pristine without a nick on them.

My secret? I pack my pottery assuming that one of the carriers along the way is going to drop the box on the ground or put a really heavy box on top of my fragile shipment.

If I'm shipping a lidded piece o...

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Creating glaze colors

Posted by Deborah Babcock on Tuesday, January 24, 2012,
       

Occasionally, I get requests from customers for certain of my forms to be glazed in a specific color other than the glazes of my usual palette (which is actually pretty extensive). Since I prefer to make my own glazes, this ends up being not so easy to do.

I've found that it takes lots of testing in order to create a new glaze and often can take a couple years to finally get one perfected.

That's because there are so many variables in glaze making -- from the different ingredients you...
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About Me


Deborah Babcock I am a studio potter who works in porcelain and stoneware creating one of a kind, functional pottery including whimsical teapots and tea cups, bowls, casseroles, plates, tumblers, platters, vases and tiles. I have studied under such renowned potters as Clary Illian, Lorna Meaden, Chris Gustin, Steven Hill, Diana Fayt, Meira Mathison, Sylvie Granitelli, Julia Galloway, Bonnie Seeman, Sarah Jaeger, and Sandi Pierantozzi. From each of these wonderful artists, I usually take away a new technique or way of creating that I then incorporate into my own pottery voice. In addition to my pieces here on Etsy, you can see my work in person at several galleries and gift shops around the country including: Art Mart, Boulder, CO Concepts of Art, Lenox, MA Everything Natural, Clarks Summit, Pa The Artists' Den in Valparaiso, Indiana Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Mesquite, NV Split Rock Gallery, St. George, UT Stone Creations Home Decor, Sedona, AZ Island Artworks, Ocarcoke, NC WabiSabi Home, Sullivan's Island, SC Luminaria, Antwerp, Belgium I am a founding member of the Steamboat Clay Artisans and work with this group on an annual Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser, a holiday sale, summer farmer's market, and educational programs. If you're ever in Steamboat -- we have a great ski mountain and wonderful hiking trails -- please stop into my studio/gallery and say hi. In March 2013, my pottery was featured on the e-commerce publication of Better Homes and Gardens. Also, my work is featured in Best Of America Pottery and Woodworking Artists & Artisans Vol.1 by Kennedy Publishing. And it is featured in the November 2010 issue of AARP magazine. And in April 2009 I was one of the speakers at the national clay conference (NCECA) in Phoenix talking about online selling.