Retreat Followup

Sunday was the third and final day of the MVCT Fishing with Friends retreat. Blogging that day did not even occur to me so here goes…

Twenty people participated in some way, whether teaching, painting, or behind the camers. Some were here for the whole thing — made all eight projects — and some just for one class or one day. Some joined us on Zoom from Pennsylvanis, Texas, Arizona, and California. Some even drove here from Alabama! It was a great experience and we all learned something new. As occurs with any event, there were a few hiccups but we finally got through all of the projects.

If you registered for the retreat you should have gotten a link for the Zoom recording so that you can watch it again to complete your projects.

If you didn’t make it to the retreat we can teach any of the projects in class, just ask. Pictures of projects, painters, and teachers are on the MVCT page. Videos of us painting door prizes and drawing prizes can be found on Carol’s Carousel Classes Group under Fishing Fridays.

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Where having Fun is why we come!

Come and join us Monday or Wednesday evenings at 6:00 for Open classes.

Watch the unusual holiday series on Facebook Live which is moving to Thursdays @ 7:30
(see Carol’s Carousel Classes group).

Look for special workshops, usually on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

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Fishing Fridays

Every Friday evening at 7:00 EDT we do a Facebook Live on Carol’s Carousel Classes called Fishing Fridays. During these online classes we are making a variety of fishing themed pieces to hand out at the…

MVCT Fishing with Friends Retreat being held June 11-13.

The Retreat

There are three options for participating in the retreat: come to the studio ($90) OR watch via Zoom with a to-go kit of supplies ($115) OR watch via Zoom but use your own supplies ($20). There is also an option to purchase a Fashenhues kit for the Saturday morning Koi class ($17.30 which is a 30% discount). Send me a message if you would like a registration form. A $30 deposit is required with the balance due June 1st. If you cannot make it to the studio for the entire retreat, you can do one day only for $30. Please note that these are costs only for materials and paints, we are not permitted to make money on a retreat. However, presenters will get IADCCT credit for presenting. The Zoom video will be available after the retreat is over in case you miss a day.

The Projects

We are making a total of 8 projects. Friday afternoon & evening is four Make & Takes (quick projects) including silkscreens, sponge-its, bubbles, and cobblestone. Saturday morning is the Fashenhues Koi Fish with Sheryl and Saturday afternoon is a clay puzzling Ugly Fish with Jim. Sunday finishes up the retreat with a Duncan U brushstroke class called “Gone Fishing” with Larry Knight and a stained-glass look fishing scene with French dimensions and glazes by Carol. Pictures of the projects are on the registration form.

The Prizes

There will be a drawing each day: Friday for the Fishing with Friends tree (with a fishing scene) painted in stains. Saturday the drawing will be for the Fishing Kids on a bench done in Fashenhues. And finally, Sunday’s drawing will be for the Fishing Boy with Dog done in underglazes.

Throughout each day there will be drawings for small items for door prizes. These include several fish dishes & shell dishes, windchimes, a planter, a cotton box, a shell box, fish family wall plaques, undersea tile sets, and coffee mugs. Also, each partipitant will get a shell party favor (most are painted with True Matte glazes) filled with candy.


Supply lists will be sent to anyone choosing to use their own bisque and paints. We can send these out as soon as we receive your registration.

Project Tech Sheets for all eight projects will be given to studio participants as we paint each project and will be sent with the to-go kits of supplies.

Prize Tech Sheets will be available for anyone participating in the Retreat. They are also available for purchase at $5.00 each by sending a message to Carol. These are for all of the projects done on the Fishing Friday Facebook Live videos. None of the items are up for sale since they are being made for the retreat. However, bisque & paints (with tech sheet), or finished pieces can be ordered for most items.

That’s it for tonight! Hope to see you at the Retreat!

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Star Wars PYOP

Disney has granted a limited license to Chesapeake Ceramics to make and sell Star Wars bisque . The intent is for ceramic studios to offer “Paint Your Own Pottery” events. Strict licensing literature goes along with this and is available in the studio. We purchased bisque so that our local Star Trek club, USS Renegade, can paint them.

The Star Wars mugs were out of stock at the supplier so we purchased the following to get us started:

  1. Darth Vader bank
  2. BB-8 bank
  3. R2-D2 bank
  4. Death Star bank
  5. Chewbacca planter
  6. Light Saber vase

Other bisque is now back in stock at Chesapeake and the mugs arrived just yesterday on our front porch .

  1. Darth Vader mug
  2. Chewbacca mug
  3. Classic Star Wars mug
  4. Boba Hutt Helmet mug

All ten items are available for you to paint. May 4th is Star Wars Day so we will be painting some during our Live on the Carol’s Carousel Classes Facebook page. If you get your bisque and paints ahead of time you can paint along with us.

The planter and vase are glazed on the inside so that you can paint them in stains. The banks can also be painted in stains. However, all of the mugs must be glazed and fired if you intend to use them.

I have lots of pictures, both professional and snapshots of the ones I painted. For some reason this program says the picture files are all too large to upload. However, you can check them out on CarolsCarouselCreations Facebook page or go to

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Fashenhues Dealer

I finally did it ! I just became a dealer for Fashenhues transluscent stains.

This is a non-fired product that works especially well on very detailed pieces. You can now purchase your Fashenhues colors from our studio. The investment was substantial and I am hoping that my studio and virtual customers will support me in this new venture.

This was our very first Fashenhues workshop.

The ladies painted Welcome Iris stepping stones for their gardens. This was the first time they used this technique. Didn’t their projects turn out nice?

Other stepping stone designs.

We have taken this project to several nursing homes. It is easy to do, doesn’t take a lot of dexterity, and gives them something to display in the gardens around the facility.

Summer projects include our collection of fairy garden homes and many garden critters.

Fall projects include the harvest jar and the scarecrow on a pumpkin.

These girls painted their Old Worls Santas with Fashenhues.

Fashenhues color charts

Posters for several Fashenhues workshops we have done in the past.
We are anxious to do these again so please let us know what you are interested in .
We need at least a week’s notice to get your pieces poured, cleaned, and fired.
We can do a workshop here in the studio OR we can bring it to your home or facility.

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Spring has Sprung in 2021

Hope everyone had a happy Easter and are enjoying the warmer weather. Our daffodils are blooming here in Northeast Ohio and some of the yellow tulips came out today as well. The daffodils were not too happy with the snow last week and drooped clear down to the ground, but they have straightened back up again.

Stepping Stones

Let’s start thinking about getting outdoors and in the garden. Next week’s Tuesday Facebook Live is about gardening and we will be painting stepping stones for the garden with Fashenhues.

Ceramics for your Garden

  • We have bird houses and butterfly houses and things to use for bird feeders.
  • We have a realistic rabbit family with two large rabbits and three bunnies.
  • We have squirrels (pretty big) and a chipmunk.
  • We have a turtle, a frog, and lots of ducks and geese.
  • We have a mama and baby raccoon.
  • The deer that we have are not a natural size but would still look nice in your garden.
  • We have a rooting pig.
  • There is a Ziggy chameleon, a baby Ziggy, and Droogie the dragonfly.
  • There are some statues 14-15″ tall that could be placed in a garden.
  • We have a Nibble Nook mouse house and two different teapot fairy houses. There are also several Christmas Village structures and lots of accessories such as fences, bridges, and walls that can be used to make a fairy garden.
  • There are flower pots and watering cans for your patio.
  • There are hanging ashtrays and cutout lanterns, also for your patio.
  • There are lots of picnic items, too but that is for another day!

It looks like we need to update our online catalog with these garden items. Meanwhile, if you are interested in any of them, just ask in the studio or send an email to We will reply with a picture, description, size, and pricing from our studio catalog.

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We are still having classes on Monday and Wednesdays at 6:00.

Facebook Lives: unusual holidays on Tuesdays and Fishing Fridays both at 7:00.

If you haven’t been watching these, please tune it.
If you aren’t available for the Live then watch the recording at your convenience.
These are on the Carol’s Carousel Classes Facebook page.

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Logo Trees

We have had many inquiries about this tree. It is Nowell 1139 XMAS TREE & BASE FOR SCENE. We usually use it for a Football or Baseball tree for your favorite team or for a Military tree. Actually, any design can be painted, decaled, or decoupaged onto the oval. It can be done in stains, underglazes, or glazes. If the oval is cut out, there is a wood grained “floor” where you can put a ceramic “scene” such as a nativity. It stands 13” high. Bisque only is $35.00, bisque with light kit is $40.00, Design added to ware + $5.00, finished is $50.00. All orders are plus shipping or you can pick them up in our Austintown Ohio studio.

To order please send an email to with your team. colors, logo, your email address for billing, and your street address for shipping. OR you can PM me on Facebook if that is easier. Please do NOT leave orders on this page.



Cutout for Scene


As you can see, this tree is very versatile.

Fishing with Friends

I am going to make a special tree for the upcoming MVCT Retreat in June, Fishing with Friends. Can you guess what it will be like? I got a fishing pole, some fish, special stickers, and more. I think it will be a cutout tree with scene and will try and remember to post a picture when it is done.

IF YOU TUNE IN for the Retreat you will be entered into a special drawing for the tree. More info on that later but it is only $20 to tune in and watch, you supplying all of your own ware and paints. Other options are to come to the studio or have supplies mailed to you ahead of time. The Retreat is June 11, 12, and 13 on Zoom but you will be able to watch the video later if you miss any of it live.

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Finally Back Online Today!

We have been unable to get into the web page for some time now. I finally got help from WordPress and from my techie and am now back. That means that I was not able to keep up on our weekly blogs. So they will start again this Sunday.

I responded to several recent messages, then deleted all of them. If you are on Facebook it is easiest to reach me with a PM. If not, please send an email to

We have a number of online features and will be updating them and adding more in the near future:


Here you will find our weekly blog as the home page. Please give us your email address and the blog will come directly to you without having to sign in.

from the menu bar you can access three different catalogs and other information:

  • CAROUSELS has our carousel horses, other menagerie pieces, and carousel related items such as wall plaques and cookie jars. Horses come in a variety of sizes. please go to our Etsy store to order CarolsCarouselShoppe
  • AFRICAN-AMERICAN KIDS includes our extensive collection of African-American molds, mostly Clay Magic and mostly children. Please go to our Etsy store to order AfAmKidsNFriends (we added some white kids, too)
  • CATALOG has everything else. You can pull down the catalog menus or just click on the tab. This will get you a Table of Contents which includes links to each of the pages in the catalog. To order please send an email to Include your email address for billing and your street address for shipping. Be sure to state whether you want bisque to paint yourself or finished.
  • CLASSES includes several pages of interest to folks coming to paint. It has silkscreens, color charts, and so on. Nothing to order here, just information to help you plan your projects.
  • ABOUT introduces Jim and Carol Warneke, owners.
  • CRAFTS shows some of the other carousel items that we do. However, we are so overwhelmed in the ceramics department that this has been pretty much neglected. It includes quilts, machine embroidery carousel patterns, and woodcrafts. We also make carousel charm bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.
  • CAROL’S STORE right now just has Confections. We can do cakes, cookies, candies, and cupcakes with a carousel theme. We aren’t really doing anything with this right now but inquire if interested. We have candy molds, cookie molds, cake ideas with a cardstock roof and carousel candy animals.


  • Carol’s Carousel Creations
  • Carol’s Carousel Classes This is a group for online Facebook Live classes, Tuesdays at 7:00. Includes promotions, videos, history page documents (under files), and pictures.
  • Carol’s Carousel Studio Group (closed, for our students only)
  • Carol’s Carousel Shoppe is information about the carousel collection and goes along with the Etsy store by the same name
  • African-American Kids & Friends is information about the African-American collection and goes along with the Etsy store by the same name.
  • MVCT Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers is a local chapter if IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Ceramic Teachers). the group is closed to members only but the page is available to the public. this features events and activities of the chapter. Many of the se are open to the public.
  • Carol’s Teapot Collection is just that. Pictures of teapots I have collected, including those for which we have the molds.
  • Math & More Tutoring is closed down as I am retired. However, I do have a PhD in Education and if you really need me, I can help tutor in math and sometimes other subjects.

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Back to work . . . .


The studio reopened this week with Open Classes on Monday & Wednesday at 6:00. Turnout was rather light but we had fun and I already sold the Valentine tree I was working on. Please let me know when you are coming but keep the COVID at home.


We have a couple of returns to fix because the buyers ordered the wrong thing. And we are getting back to pouring later today. There are 23 orders here just from the Etsy shop and a few more form the catalog. If you will be coming to class and need something poured please let me know as soon as you can.

Facebook Live

We are calling it Carol’s Carousel Classes and the first two are already behind us. Check out the Carol Warneke page or the Carol’s Carousel Creations page and you can still watch them, Monday was National Milk Day and Friday was National Hat Day. For this month’s schedule of events scroll down to kast week’s post. I will post pictures after the pieces are glazed and fired.

Next broadcast

This week we are learning to paint and shade different skin tones on Monday, Martin Luther King Day. Wednesday, is Penguin Awareness Day and we will be taking a look at Robin and Linda’s Penguin Family. Please tune in and please like the video.

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It’s Holiday Time

I think the hardest thing for me during 2020 was missing family time on the holidays. The calendar says that they came and went but it was just another work day here. We played cards once a month with friends, attended Star Trek meetings once a month with Jeremy, and usually have the family over for holidays. We even missed the annual Cookie Exchange Christmas Tea this year!

So I have looked up some usual and some unusual holidays on the internet and decided to “celebrate” them by having an online Facebook Live class. Because they often occur on different days of the week, the schedule will be somewhat erratic.

1/11 Monday = National Milk Day — we painted cartoon cows on a milk jug today with Concepts underglazes. You can see the video on Carol Warneke or Carol’s Carousel Creations pages. I have attached the article on National Milk Day in the comments section and here.

1/15 Friday = National Hat Day — we will be working on the Mayco Top Hat which is a plain piece and which lends itself to lots of different designs and techniques. We also have an adorable Snowman Snack Stack who wears a top hat. Tune in at 3:00 to see what we’re up to.

1/18 Monday = Martin Luther King Day — we will be discussing our extensive collection of African-American molds (nearly a hundred). We will demonstrate how to paint these figurines and take a look at our “I have a Dream” pieces. Join us to see what it is all about. We have an Etsy Store AfAmKidsNFriends where you can purchase bisque or finished pieces. [The friends are Caucasian] We also have a Facebook page African-American Kids & Friends where we discuss new products.

1/20 Wednesday = Penguin Awareness Day – we will take a look at the various sizes of softie penguins and discuss various ways to use them. One of our students did a penguin family for a Christmas gift and we had over a hundred comments on the picture we posted. If you are interested in replicating her project you can order the penguins and a to-go kit.

1/25 Monday = Bubblewrap Appreciation Day — learn how we wrap and pack your items for shipping and the costs involved.

1/27 Wednesday = Library Shelfie Day — tune in to see what a shelfie is. We will be doing a leather technique on book bookends.

1/31 Sunday = National Hot Chocolate Day — we will be making hot chocolate cups today.

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Please leave a message here letting us know if you are watching the videos. Sometimes there will be a prize drawing for those who are watching.

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Special Order Christmas Trees

I do not often see responses left on this page. The best way to order something is to send an email to OR pm me on Facebook.

There were several inquiries about the Harley Davidson Tree. They are $50 + shipping which depends on where you live. Usually about $25. I was trying to send a reponse to each message but that doesn’t seem to be what I accomplished. We will be happy to make one for anyone still interested when we reopen January 11th. I need your email address for billing and your street address for shipping. Send me an email. Do NOT respond on here.

  • Sheilah Connolly
  • Marie Flesher
  • Andrea
  • Angela

There was also interest in the Ohio State tree (Pat Carpenter) and in some Santas (Pat Franz). Again, please email me with your order and information of you are still interested.

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