Duncan U Classes

I am so excited to be having Duncan Ambassador, Dru Woodward, return to our studio. If you recall, she was here in July to teach the first half of Duncan Essentials. Here’s what we are doing with her:

  1. Saturday @ 2:00 Aspen Leaves ceramic box with glass frit. This is a Duncan U Class and CDTs will get credit towards advanced training. We are all set up and awaiting her arrival.
  2. Sunday @ 2:00 More Mandalas, dot designs on an 8″ plate. Although not a Duncan U class, this is a new technique for us using Cover Coat underglazes. We base coated our plates so they are ready to go.
  3. Sunday @ 6:00 , IADCCT charter meeting of a brand new chapter at the Austintown Denny’s Restaurant. The closest to us now is in the Toledo area. To be a member you must have completed the Duncan Essentials training and joined the national organization.

Carol’s Carousel
Where having Fun is why we come!

Bringing  in Duncan Ambassadors
gives us the opportunity to learn new techniques.

We can squeeze in a couple more seats
if anyone else wants to come.


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Page updates

Earlier today I posted the new Alberta Carousel molds that we made yesterday. After updating the page I took a look at our African American Collection and saw that it needed updates as well. Here is a collage of the pictures. Refer to the page for sizes and prices. These pieces are available now and we will be pouring bisque for the shelves.  African-American Collection

Clearer images will be posted after we get our samples made and take some pictures.

Carol’s Carousel

Where having Fun is why we come!

You might consider making some special gifts for your African American friends.
And encourage them to come make their own pieces here
or to schedule a workshop at their home or meeting place.

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New Alberta Carousel Molds

Tracie & Paul JohnstonYesterday Jim and I went to Smyrna, Delaware and learned how to pour plaster into the mold masters to make carousel molds. Tracie & Paul Johnston purchased all of the Alberta Carousel Masters and we are gradually trying to fill in our collection. Unfortunately, Tracie is off helping Florida hurricane victims but we had a great time with Paul learning his craft.

So today I added the new molds to our carousel catalog.

New Carousel Critters

We have two new horses, a camel, a rooster, and a polar bear.


Alberta 1109 Ornament Carousel Canopy & Pedestal

This carousel takes the small Alberta Carousel Ornaments. We already had the canopy, but added the pedestal and the round base. Check out the Carousel Ornaments page to see what we have that goes on this carousel.







This carousel takes the MB (music box) size carousel horses and other animals. It is shown with the center round base and first ring which holds 5 animals. The next picture has two rings (10 animals) and the last picture has three rings (17 animals). We are waiting for one last mold to be shipped (after election day but before Christmas). Then we can pour this for you. You may have seen the carousel Jim and I made many years ago sitting on the pool table. It has two rings ~ we bought the greenware for it and the animals at Red Barn (which is no longer in business).


He we have the Organ Grinder with his Monkey and the Balloon Man.
Alberta has a few other accessories as well, such as a man & woman on a bench and a ticket booth. We will probably add those molds later.

Carol’s Carousel
Where having Fun is why we come!

So come on over and make a carousel ~ for yourself or for a gift.
Or buy a gift certificate for a friend to come and make their own.

Come and Ride the Carousel poem


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We just added four more new silkscreens to our collection: Steampunk, Faceted Designs, Kitchen Utensils, and Science. Check out those previously in stock at this link: Silkscreens

Remember that silkscreens can be used on any plain piece — plates, bowls, cups, vases, pitchers, plaques, canisters, piggy banks, whatever you can find. Designs are 20% larger than pictured.

We usually transfer the design using black Concepts but any color can be used. For example, I used a dark brown for the cat on the yarn bowl shown below. I always like to add color to the designs and enhance by adding other images such as flowers, grass, sky, etc. In case of the yarn bowl pictured I added several balls of yarn.

Carol’s Carousel
Where having Fun is why we come!

If you haven’t used silkscreens before, come and give it a try.
Good for seniors and handicapped with limited fine motor skills.

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New IADCCT chapter

IADCCT — the International Association of Duncan Certified Ceramics Teachers

iadcct logoIn order to join a local chapter, you must first be a CDT (Certified Duncan Teacher). This is accomplished by completing Essentials Courses I, II, III, & IV. We had Duncan Ambassador Dru Woodward here in July for I & II ; then Duncan Ambassador Marge Quick here in August for III & IV. Those who completed the training are interested in starting a new local chapter since the closest to us is in the Toledo area.

Organizational Meeting

Dru is helping us to organize at a meeting on Sunday, October 21st at 6:00 at Denny’s in Austintown. We have been gathering signatures for the new chapter petition which will be sent in tomorrow. There are also some members of our group Ceramic Teachers / Studio Owners of Northeast Ohio & Western Pennsylvania who are already CDTs.  If you are certified and wish to join us at the meeting you are welcome.


If you wish to take the certification courses, let us know and we can arrange another session. I believe that Dru has one or two scheduled now in PA and Larry Knight is teaching the series at Ohio Ceramic Supply in Ravenna. You do NOT have to be a teacher or have your own studio to take the classes. Some folks are just interested in the advanced educational opportunities and the free online workshops.

Duncan U Classes

Workshops given by Dru on Saturday, October 20th and by Larry on Sunday, November 4th are Duncan University classes and you get credit for taking them.

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Where having Fun is why we come!

Scroll down for a list of this year’s Fall workshops.

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Fall Workshops

The previous tentative schedule has been abandoned as we invite guest teachers into our studio.

Drybrushing with Laura

Monday, October 8th, 6:00-10:00 during regular class time
Laura Gilbert will teach the technique of drybrusing on a covered turkey bowl and matching set of salt & pepper shakers. As this technique is time-consuming, you may need to finish your pieces during a later session. Here are pictures of the pieces; however, not drybrushed. Cost is $20.00 which includes lesson, supplies, and bisque. If you have stiff brushes for drybrushing please bring them with you.

turkey trio

Aspen Leaves 

Saturday, October 20th 2:00-5:00
Duncan Ambassador Dru Woodward will be teaching this Duncan University class on the square box. This is a new technique which uses glass frit. Certified Duncan Teachers will receive credit for this class. Reservations required.  [We previously advertised doing it with Duncan’s Welcome Board but changed to a smaller item to keep the cost down. Anyone wanting to do this technique on the Welcome Board can do so later during an open class.] Cost is $35.00. This includes lesson, bisque, paints, certificate of completion, and additional firing since the frit will move if transported.

Aspen Leaves box

More Mandelas

Sunday, October 21st 2:00-5:30
Dru Woodward will be teaching another workshop for us on Sunday, previous to the IADCCT Chapter Organizational meeting. This new technique involves using various tools to apply dots of Cover Coat underglazes to an 8″ plate previously base-coated with blue, green, or black Cover Coats. Specify which color you want when you register. Cost is $35.00 which includes lesson, bisque, paints, and firing.

Drus dot mandela fall leaves

Country Holiday Poinsettia Plate

Sunday, November 4th 2:00-5:00
Duncan Ambassador Larry Knight will be teaching this Duncan University class. Certified Duncan Teachers will receive credit for this class. Reservations required. This technique shows us how to create a wood background and uses fired gold as an accent. The gold is optional and must be applied during a later class after the piece is glazed and fired. This pattern can be applied to any flat plain piece of bisque. We are offering the bell plate OR the oval platter OR a round dinner plate. Please specify which one when you register. Cost is $35.00 which includes lesson, bisque, paints, and certificate of completion. There will be an additional charge for the gold and extra firing, dependent on the amount of gold used.

Country Holiday Duncan U course

Casual Country Snowmen

Sunday, November 25th 2:00-5:00; Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00-9:00
Carol will be teaching this David Hoff Workshop using brushstrokes and neon Concepts on four square salad plates. You may choose to paint the edge of the plate in a solid color, creating a “Frame” for each picture. Cost of $20.00 includes lesson, four plates, paints, and firing.

four snowman plates

NOTE: these workshops have been posted as events on Facebook and you should have received an invitation.  Please let me know if you are coming so that we have enough supplies. The Drybrushing workshop and the snowman workshop are offered on class nights. However, you may come and paint something else if you are not interested in the workshop.

Carol’s Carousel
Where having FUN is why we come!

Here is a chance to learn from true professionals.

It is not often that Duncan Ambassadors come all the way from Florida and Toledo, so take advantage of the opportunity this fall.

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this Saturday (8/18/) in Austintown, 9 am to 9 pm. Pick up Essentials I & II later to become a Certified Duncan Teacher. We had a couple of cancellations and have room for three more people. Taught by Duncan Ambassador Marge Quick.


We also have a few seats left for Marge’s brush workshop on Friday OR on Sunday. A must do for serious painters. Friday at 6 or Sunday at 2. Austintown. Call or PM for reservations. 330-219-8001

All About Brushes WS POSTER 8-17-18


We are still having class tonight (Wednesday) and next Monday.

Carol’s Carousel
Where having Fun is why we come!

It’s not too late to
join us for this very informative, fun weekend with
Duncan Ambassador Marge Quick from Alaska.


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