Life cycle of a piece: Pill boxes with flowers

This is part two. You can read part one here.

The next part, after the greenware has dried, is both easy and fiddly.

Ready to clean

You need to clean all the mold lines (seams) and anything else that makes the piece look messy – like extra slip from attaching the flowers to the lid, etc.


It takes time (of which I have lots) and patience (of which I have none). Ceramics as a whole takes a lot of patience, and if it’s one thing I am not known for, it’s my ability to wait. So this hobby has been a very good life lesson for me, one that I wish that I had learned many years ago – after all, I’ve been doing this for about 35+ years – yet it seems to still be unfolding within me. Slowly. Excruciatingly slowly. I need more patience just to wait for my patience! Anyway, I seem to have gotten off track here. My point is that with cleaning tools, water, and scrubbies, and time and patience, the greenware is clean and pretty and is now ready for firing.

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