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Archie Bray Pottery Gallery Summer of 2008

Whether your pottery is for sale, in a show or just on display, the more attractive you can make the arrangement, the better off you will be.
They will look a lot more interesting and important if you give them each a pedestal and use varying heights of the pedestals in the grouping, as it will give the display more character.
Here are a few inexpensive and easy tips on how to show off your beautiful pottery pieces.

All you need are pieces of 2 x 4 scrap lumber, some fabric, and hot glue.
You can get 2 x 4 mill ends from a sawmill for nothing sometimes, that is where I get mine.
To make a single pedestal, cut three equal lengths of 2 x 4's and hot glue them together on the 4 inch surfaces.
Now, if you are making an eight inch high pedestal, cut three eight inch pieces of 2 x 4, stand them on end and hot glue the 4 x 8 surfaces together.
This will give you a solid block 8 inches tall.
Use some fabric to wrap the block.
Cut a fabric square slightly larger than your top surface, pull it tight over the top and corners, and hot glue it to the sides.
Turn the pedestal over and do the same on the bottom.
Cut your final piece one inch taller than your block, and one inch wider than the circumference of the block.
Fold all the edges over a half inch and iron them flat.
Wrap this piece around the whole block, and hot glue it down.
You can use neutral colors so the pedestals will match well with a variety of pieces of pottery or you may want to use fabrics that show off a particular piece of pottery by bringing out a certain color.
A lot of times, I will just cut the fabric larger than my pedestal and just drape it over the pedestal and kinda pool the material at the bottom.
If you have pottery pieces to set below the pedestals, set them where the material is pooled and it will give the whole arrangement a neat effect.
I like it better because it looks more free flowing and no sharp edges.
For larger pedestals you can use four pieces of 2 x 6 lumber.

One hint about cutting the lumber, remember that the saw blade has thickness.
If you draw a line eight inches from the end of the board, saw on the far side of the line.
If you don't, your total length will be slightly less than eight inches.
If you aren't consistent with this your boards could end up different lengths and your pottery would be kinda tippy sitting on top of them.
You surely don't want your pottery to fall and break.

Archie Bray Pottery Display, Not a good example of showing off the Pottery.
"Temperamental" is mostly temper and a little mental.

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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