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By Diane Hunt
Hello my name is Diane Hunt and I will tackle almost any craft project dealing with ceramics or any other craft media! I offer classes each month (Saturday’s only) at a cost of $15.00 plus taxes for almost anything in the shop. So put on your ...
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Hello my name is Diane Hunt and I will tackle almost any craft project dealing with ceramics or any other craft media! I offer classes each month (Saturday’s only) at a cost of $15.00 plus taxes for almost anything in the shop. So put on your oldest shirt (the paint will not wash out) and come join me in a wonderful stress reliever. Call me at 870-777-3862 or text at 870-331-4255 for class information, or purchase bisk or greenware. I have learned some important lessons by trial and error. But the one thing to remember is there are no mistakes in painting ceramics, if you don’t like how it looks, just start over. I have taught classes to some wonderful students from the ages of 2 to 63 years young, and am looking forward to teaching more as the years go by. Everyone has some type of talent hidden deep down inside of them. All they need is a little direction to find their talent. With the right equipment, molds, brushes, paint etc. anyone can make a piece they can be proud of! Just think of someone special in your life, if you made a special piece and gave to them, think of the joy it would bring them. They will treasure it for the rest of their lives!
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By Diane Hunt
March 18, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Have you ever wondered how ceramics began?  I did but it took this blog for me to do any research.  So I will share what I have learned with you all.  There is so much that I will start with the very beginning and as weeks go by bring you up to current day practices.

It turns out ceramics is a very ancient industry. Once people discovered that clay could be dug up and formed into objects by mixing with water and then firing, the ceramic industry was born. As early as 24,000 BC, animal and human figurines were made from animal fat, bone mixed with bone ash and a fine claylike material, and then fired in kilns at temperatures between 500-800°C in domed and horseshoe shaped kilns partially dug into the ground.  I sure am glad I can just put mine in an electric kiln!  At around 9000 or 10,000 BC the first use of functional pottery for storing water and food was invented. Clay bricks were also made around the same time.

Glass was believed to be discovered in Egypt somewhere around 8000 BC, when overheating of kilns produced a colored glaze on the pottery. While firing pottery, the presence of calcium oxide containing sand combined with soda and the overheating of the pottery kiln may possibly have resulted in a colored glaze on the ceramic piece.  It was not until approximately 1500 BC that glass was produced and fashioned into separate items.  At some point I will go into firing glass with you.  Glass is fairly easy to work with but really expensive.   Thank you for taking time to read my blogs, until next week.

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