Cherry Blossom Birdhouse

Well, spring is almost done and summer is almost here! I finally glazed up a birdhouse that has been bisque fired and waiting for glaze for almost a year! Sometimes I am just not brave enough. I love how it turned out! It was hand-built with coils in a style that reminds me of an old fashioned beehive. A jaunty  looking lid covers the top opening.  There is a drainage hole in the bottom. Trailing cherry blossoms and little blue butterflies wrap around. The red flower seems to sprout out from the 1 1/4″ hole in the middle giving the perfect size for a special backyard bird to make a home. It’s about 8″ tall and 7″ wide at the base.

Supply list and directions to make your own are below! If you are interested in purchasing this particular one, please go to my etsy shop, where you can find this and many other lovely items to beautify your life!

Enjoy your cheery, cherry blossom spring morning!


Supplies: Clay: speckled cone 5 clay for main body, b-mix 5 for flowers, leaves and butterflies, Other supplies: cherry blossom fondant mold, leaf shape cookie cutter, 5 petal flower cookie cutter, leaf or petal vein press mold (I used Wilton’s fondant flower molds & vein mold), parachute cord for hanging it up.

Glaze: Laguna White, Yellow, Clear Bright, Amaco Celebration Pink, Potter’s Choice Seaweed; Velvet Underglaze: electric blue, black, bright red, orange

Directions: Roll out a 1/4″ thick slab and cut your circle shaped base and cut an uneven wavy shape for the top- curve the sides with your fingers and use newsprint or paper towels to help the up and down curves to keep their shape, cut two holes for the cord about an inch or two apart. Set the top aside to be soft leather hard. Cut a hole in the bottom slab with a 1/4″ hole cutter for drainage, slip and score around the edge and roll out your first coil. Attach your coil and continue to roll and attach coils all the way up to the top- slowly bringing in shape to be more narrow at the top. Let it firm up a bit. Cut a hole 1 1/2″ in the middle of the side of your birdhouse. Cut two holes- one on each side at the top for the cord to be strung through and then through the lid- make sure everything lines up well. Roll a small slab and cut a 5 petal flower, cut the petals apart and give the petals veins with a texture tool or a leaf vein tool. Slip and score and attach your petals around the entrance hole. Using your flower mold and cornstarch, make flowers, branches and leaves attaching them wherever you want all the way around the birdhouse and on the lid. Slip and score and attach butterflies. Cover with plastic and let it sit for a few days. Slowly dry. Bisque fire to cone 05, glaze and fire to cone 5. I used black parachute cord for hanging it up!

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Doodle Art Vase

Wow! I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone already! My husband completely surprised me this year and bought me a pottery wheel. I mostly hand build and the wheel as been a challenge to find time and let’s be honest —it’s a bit intimidating at first. So now at my house I have a pottery wheel I can use whenever I get some time and don’t have to worry about driving to the studio in town to use one there. It was in my kitchen for about 2 weeks -I know, bad idea-now it’s in the basement in a small space I made by relocating several filing cabinets, more about my small space pottery studio in a future post.

About a year and a half ago I did a doodle drawing for a church art event. This month I carved the same flowers into a leather hard vase I threw on my wheel! I love the results. I love doing something on paper and being able to reproduce it in clay or glass.  Paper, pottery and glass, it’s a fun mix and what I do here at Hyde Park Hill!

Below are pictures of my verse doodle along with my pottery and glass inspired by my doodle!

Enjoy! and happy creating in the up coming new year!




I love Zinnias! They are my favorite annual flower to plant in my front yard. They grow and bloom all summer long until a hard frost. I decided I wanted to capture their beauty by making a stoneware clay dish- a shallow dish, great for use and display. I used my paper crafting zinnia stamp along with a dragonfly stamp, a leaf stamp and a doily all pressed into clay to make this beauty. It was bisque fired to cone 05, glazed with colorful underglazes and coated with clear glaze and fired again up to cone 5.

Enjoy the beautiful pictures and a sad farewell to fall as frost and winter are soon to arrive.


As you can see, you don’t have to use all bright colors, just using royal blue underglaze to highlight all the outlines makes for a pretty bowl and plate.

This idea of stamping onto clay can work with already made bisque at a “paint your own pottery” place too. Just bring your stamps and stamp on a piece of bisque they sell! They will clear coat it and fire it and there you have your own unique piece!

Have a beautiful weekend crafting and don’t forget you can use your paper crafting stamps for more than just paper!



Let’s Celebrate!

Let’s Celebrate! There are so many things to celebrate in life! Birthdays are one of my favorite things. Lately, I have been combining all my hobbies into one project. (see last week’s post: Morning has Broken Petunia Canvas Project) This new project combines two hobbies–paper crafting and pottery. In a future post, I will show how I use paper crafting stamps and fusing glass together.  In this birthday card, a hand-stamped, handmade ceramic piece was added to layers of die cuts makes for a uniquely rustic and beautiful card!

Supplies and directions below!

Lets celebrate front view2


Products Used: HFC Classic Petunia Stamp and Die sets, HFC Petunia Paper Pad, Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, Stamp Mat Pad, 6”x6” white card base, dark brown cardstock, candlelight cardstock, white cardstock, vellum, 140# watercolor paper, Staz-on Timber brown, Distress ink: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, faux pearls, Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance, Spellbinders Victorian Medallion 2, water brush, hot glue gun, “Let’s Celebrate” sign (see special note at the end of directions)

Instructions: Cut a 6”x 6” white card base, cut brown cardstock 5.75” x 5.75”, cut a paper pad paper 5.5” x 5.5”, cut one Victorian Medallion 2 out of the vellum- cut in half. Cut a Fleur de Elegance from candlelight paper and cut 3 more times from white cardstock and layer and adhere them together to make a stiff background piece. Cut the middle die from the Fleur set from watercolor paper 2 times- stamp one with the “It’s your Birthday” stamp in Staz-on Timber Brown ink. Stamp the petunia bouquet 3 times on watercolor paper with Staz-on Timber Brown. Color with Distress Ink colors, let dry, die cut and layer the 3 pieces with dimensional foam adhesive. Stamp the petunia corner stamp 4 times on watercolor paper with timber brown, color with distress inks and die cut. Stamp the petunia vine 1 time on watercolor paper with timber brown and color with distress inks, and die cut. Layer all your pieces starting with the brown, pink, medallion (cut in half so it sticks out from the sides of the frame) put the corner petunia pieces in, the middle piece, the side vine, the large bouquet. Adhere the piece to the card base. Assemble the inside of the card: Cut 1 piece of petunia paper pad 5.5” x 5.5”, put two corner petunia vines in opposite corners. Put the Fleur middle piece that was stamped with “It’s your Birthday” in the middle. Decorate front and inside with faux pearls. Give to a friend!

Special Note: The “Let’s Celebrate” sign was made with the HFC stamp and stoneware clay. I rolled out a piece of clay, stamped it, cut it out to look like a rustic woodland sign and gave it some wood texture with a carving tool. It was dried flat for a week, then bisque fired, then stained with iron oxide and fired to cone 5 in a kiln. If you don’t have access to pottery kiln, you can use polymer clay or layer 3 pieces of chipboard. There are always creative ways to achieve a similar look!

Let’s Celebrate!


Lets celebrate front viewLets celebrate close up2Lets celebrate sideviewLets celebrate inside


Pottery Adventures Part 2

Well, it’s finally done! My handmade ceramic and glass pond bathroom floor has been installed and grouted! It took several months to make, two days to install and 10 hours to grout! Our son loves it!! He said his favorite part is to lay on the dock and look up out the skylight at the sky and watch the clouds go by! ahahahhaha!!!! That makes me laugh!

The tile was handmade at the local “The Potter’s Shop” in Waukesha, WI.  To make the turtles, frogs, and water lilies I poured plaster into a bowl and after it hardened I carved into them in reverse 3-D with a Dremel tool. I pressed B-mix stoneware clay into the molds to get my turtles, frogs and lilies. I made the lily pads by using real lily pads to make molds, then pressed slabs of clay into them. I made the glass fish by cutting glass, grinding the pieces with a glass grinder and then fusing them in my glass kiln. If you want to read more about the process, check my other blog post!

We laid white thin set mortar on the floor with a notched trowel, cut up our mesh mounted tile into smaller sections and then brought them in on thin flexible boards and put them into place. The final step was to grout. We went to The Tile Shop to buy the perfect color grout! (Our large stepping stone in front of the shower was purchased at the Tile Shop too!) We chose a “country blue” grout that wasn’t too dark of a blue or too light so that the tiles and fish pop instead of disappear.

The large stepping stone is in front of the shower. We did put in a heated floor, because its an “inside bathroom” with no heat ducts and it makes the room cozier! There are also no windows, we purchased a remote control skylight and put an opening up through the ceiling all the way through the attic! We picked up the Kolher urinal from our local Habitat for Humanity Restore! It was $5.00!!! Can’t beat that! This is a “galley” bathroom. There are two doors, one at each end, one goes into the master bedroom the other goes to a little alcove across from our son’s bedroom and is also near the kitchen. The master bedroom has another door that goes to the living room and a set of French doors that go to the back deck. Yes, there are locks. 🙂 We have a second bathroom, it’s in our master bedroom and backs up to this one. When you have a small house you get creative with your space, try to make the most of you space, and you try not to waste any space! Every inch counts!

The green foam thing is where our “western toilet” goes! I promise it’s not a squatty potty! The linen closet is on the dock at the moment, as we had to pull it to put in the tile. Just a bit of clean up now and re-install the toilet, linen closet, reconnect the sink and do some touch up on the wall paint. Check the last picture for the final look! But now, of course, we are thinking, it needs some ceramic cattails on the walls. 🙂 perhaps….. later! 🙂

Enjoy the Pictures!


Before the mosaic was installed, we installed the “dock”. We used weathered plank tile.


All the mosaic installed and grouted.
A view from the other end.


The towel bar- made with old telephone pole cross bars and jute rope.


See, we do have a western toilet! 🙂
Finished floor, now we have to finish the molding around the door.

Thank you for reading and looking at our adventures!




Pottery Adventures

I decided to make a pond bathroom floor for my son’s new bathroom. What an adventure! Buying clay, getting lily pads from a pond, making molds, making tile, bisque firing, glazing, glaze firi…

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