Thanksgiving Sunday

Twenty-twenty will go down in history as the year with no holidays! At least for some of us. The professionals are telling us that the easiest way to get Covid-19 is at a family gathering. Indeed, that is true for the family of one of our students as her family had a Halloween party. Thank goodness she was out of town and did not go. Since adults with Down syndrome are high risk, as is Jim with his PPS, and both of us in our 70s, we are being extra cautious.

We typically hold a Family dinner on the Sunday before Thanksgiving so that our kids can visit with their in-laws on Thursday. However, that is not happening today–it is just another work day. The African-American Kids and Friends Etsy store is keeping me very busy this year with so many people shopping from home. Since the students who usually help me clean are not coming and Jim has not been feeling well, most of this is left to me. There are 22 orders + 4 from the Carol’s Carousel Shoppe store + others from call-ins or texts. I hate being behind but will somehow get these all shipped in time for Christmas.

Facebook Live workshops have been pretty mush just demonstrations that we do for free. We have received lots of views and comments but this does nothing for the bottom line. So — in 2021 we are going to try online teaching for a fee and send out project kits for each class. We have also tried a Saturday sale (people’s comments were never seen) and a Tree sale last Friday. These have not really generated the results that we expected and they are a lot of work so we will probably discontinue both the sales and the live workshops until next year.

Sample Sale is still in place. If there is anything you want to purchase and we have a sample already on the shelf, the price is the same as it would cost for bisque plus shipping.

Feedback needed: I have asked in the past and not gotten much of a response so here it is. Do you read this blog and should we continue? I missed last week but typically write every Sunday and it goes out as an email to those who follow the blog. Please leave a message on this page or send a PM to me to let me know.

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It’s Tree Time! Order yours today.

No price change on trees.

We have photos of different ways to do the scene or logo tree. Tried to do a slide show but it didn’t work.

We also have photos of different ways to paint the Jolly Tree, That slideshow didn’t work either.

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New Duncan University Class

MVCT is sponsoring this class on how to use the new True Matte glazes. Duncan Ambassador Larry Knight will be our teacher. Please join us on Sunday, November 1st at 11:00 for this all-day workshop. Cost including both pieces of bisque is $55.00. Bring a sack lunch. The business meeting will be prior to the workshop at 10:00. Friends and family are welcome to join us. Wear your mask or use one of ours. Make sure to register ahead of time — seating is limited.

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Give-Away on Facebook Live


You are the winner of the Fashenhues scarecrow from Friday’s Facebook Live virtual workshop. Please let me know if you want the finished piece or if you want bisque to paint your own.

We started our Holiday series two weeks ago with Carol’s Carousel of Color, a review of the techniques taught since we started in May. Last Friday we painted a large scarecrow in Fashenhues. Those who commented or liked or otherwise made their presence known were entered into a drawing for the scarecrow.

Friday, October 16th we will learn about the Flip Kit watercolor paints made by Royal & Langnickel.

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

So come on over — Mondays & Wednesdays @ 6:00.
Please call first so we have enough stations.

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Carol’s Carousel of Color

This past Friday, October 2nd, was the start of our Holiday Season Facebook Live series of workshops. We began with a review of over twenty workshops that were done in the Wednesday Kids Krafts at 3:00 or the Friday Facebook Live at 6:00. If you didn’t get to watch you can still do so. Just go to the “Carol Warneke” Facebook page OR I also shared it to the “Carol’s Carousel Creations” Facebook page. You should be able to watch any or all of the videos by scrolling down through the page to find them. If you can’t find something please send me a message (PM or text to 330-219-8001).

Our first official Holiday Season Project:

This whimsical scarecrow stands 12″ tall, is 9″ wide and is 6″ front to back. He sits on a smiling jack-o-lantern in his patched overalls with a crow sitting on his shoulder. bisque $15.00, finished $25.00. Although the scarecrow pictured was painted with acrylics, we will be using translucent stains called Fashenhues.
Please join us next Friday, October 9th on the Carol Warneke Facebook page at 3:00. (Note the time change.)

This is a give-away to celebrate our new season. To enter just watch the workshop on the Carol Warneke Facebook page and give us a thumbs up or leave a comment. If you cannot watch the live class you can still watch the recorded video and leave comments or approvals. We will choose the winner next Sunday. The winner will get their choice of finished piece or bisque. [I cannot give out Fashenhues kits but I can sell you full bottles or send you acrylics in a kit.] Winner pays only for the postage.

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Holiday Videos

We have decided to change the schedule of our online Facebook Live video classes:

  • Wednesday Kids Krafts class is cancelled starting October 1st.
  • Friday Facebook Live for Grownups will be at 3:00 instead of 6:00
  • Kids Krafts classes or tips will be included with the Friday broadcast. Teens and tweens can do most of the projects demonstrated in the adult classes. Projects for Primary kids will need some refinement and those for Toddlers will need some assistance.
  • We will try to follow the schedule previously published. However, it is sometimes necessary to revise the calendar, rescheduling or substituting another project.

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What’s up in the studio 9/13/20

Facebook Live videos are keeping us busy. If you haven’t seen them yet, tune in to the “Carol Warneke” page at 3:00 on Wednesday for Kids Krafts Class and Fridays at 6:00 for adult classes. The schedules have been posted, just scroll down two weeks for Adults and three weeks for Kids. We had nearly 400 views on our Cookie Cutters and Clay this Wednesday!

Open Class was held Wednesday this week instead of Monday because of the Labor Day Holiday. We only had a few painters but those who were here got a lot of UFOs done (Un Finished Objects). We have masks and face shields available or you can bring your own.

Web sales are keeping us busy as well, and we are trying desperately to get caught up. Besides the AfAmKids&Friends Etsy store and the CarolsCarouselShoppe Etsy store, we are also getting orders through Messenger and email.

Holidays are coming soon, Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you want something poured for you please order it as soon as you can. I am not planning to stock the shelves with holiday pieces.

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Labor Day Weekend

Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, Labor Day was always the last big celebration of summer, picnics with family and friends, and getting ready to start school. Since it is always on a Monday, the Teachers went back Tuesday, and the kids on Wednesday. Now, with schools starting in August, a Labor Day picnic seems so anticlimactic, and 2020 doesn’t even have that!

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.[1][2][3] It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.[4]

So, we are celebrating American Workers. With COVID-19 so prevalent in our country, this year we must be especially thankful for the first responders and front-line workers who take care of those infected.

Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers (MVCT, a chapter of IADCCT) is making angels for the COVID workers.

Sheryl Wilder and Lucretia Kaiser meet with John Mercer, Major Gifts Officer, at St. Elizabeth’s – Main Campus to present Stacie Call, Nursing Director, with 300 Angels to be distributed to COVID-19 workers at the Boardman Campus.  The Angels were donated and painted by Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers. There are 3 hospitals in the Mercy Network: St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth – Boardman and St Josephs.  Each hospital has 2 COVID related floors besides the Emergency Department and the angels will be distributed to those that dealt with COVID patients, example X-ray, Lab Techs, Janitors, etc. Stacie mentioned that they really appreciate this donation, especially since the decrease in COVID-19 patients and frontline workers are being forgotten about. It is my opinion that we continue making Angels to give to the Mercer Health Care System or nursing facility or other hospitals in the area.


What can YOU do?

for our healthcare workers.

Wear a Mask
when in public — save a child or someone’s grandma. Do it for them if not for yourself. You may not be sick but you may be a carrier or may become a carrier.

Observe Social Distancing
we all want to get back to normal but the virus is not going away.
We must do all that we can to keep it from spreading.

Make an Angel Day
watch for an upcoming Special Event where you can come and
help to clean, glaze, or package more angels.


What are WE doing?

Facebook Live videos
to share techniques. These are on Wednesday at 3:00 (Kids Krafts) and Friday at 6:00. Schedules of projects were posted last week and the week before so just scroll down. You can watch these anytime on Carol Warneke or Carol‘s Carousel Creations.

Holding classes
on Monday evenings at 6:00 wearing masks, sanitizing,
and observing social distancing as much as possible.

Providing to-go kits
for all of the videos we produce or for whatever else you want to work on at home. They can be picked up at the studio, delivered, or mailed.

Trying to keep up with online orders
for bisque and finished pieces. With the COVID, neither of us is up to par
and we have no outside help so everything is taking longer than usual.
We have two Etsy stores, African American Kids & Friends and Carol’s Carousel Shoppe. Both also have Facebook pages. In addition, our catalog can be found on our website (here, check out the menu tab at the top).
We get orders for items not in our Etsy stores through email and messenger.

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Adult Facebook Live Schedule

Dates that are past have been recorded and are available either on Carol’s Carousel Creations page or my Carol Warneke page. We found that the latter gets us many more viewers so have changed over.

May 22 Learning to Mud  Kelly 0716 s&p with mudWe are using a non-fired dimensional product called MUD to paint flowers on a set of salt & pepper shakers. Since the mud is white, we will first basecoat our bisque with a bright or dark color.
May 29 Flower of Hawaii Flower of Hawaii on Hyacinth vase firedThis is a David Hoff brushstroke workshop. We are painting these flowers on a hyacinth vase using a reduced-size pattern and Concepts underglazes. I will be demonstrating using the original pattern on a large platter for me to make it easier for you to see.
June 1 CowBossy Cow front This project was deleted because the artist was offended that her name was omitted from the video. If interested, you can paint this in the studio.
June 8 National Donut Day donut bisqueDuncan bisque donuts box OR bank AND coffee mug, concepts We are painting Duncan Oh Four Bisque donuts with sprinkles, either a donut bank or a donut box. We are also painting a special Donut Day mug for our coffee.
June 12 Happy Birthday to Me

ice cream cone bisquecupcake bisqueYou have a choice of a cake box OR cupcake box OR cupcake bank AND ice cream cone. We are painting Duncan Oh Four Bisque with Concepts underglazes.

June 26 Pet Angels

How to use metallic rub-on paste with stains, Includes paint angel with matallic rub-onsToday we are using rub-ons to bring out the detail on our Angel Pets. Should you decide to purchase a To-Go Kit, you will receive a box of rub-ons as well as the bisque and acrylic colors.

July 3 Artful Daisies Garden 

Artful Daisies Garden WSon plate with a lattice edge, cover coats.  Today we are painting a David Hoff design onto a plate with a lattice border. This project uses Cover Coats underglaze (not Concepts)

July 10 Lemons Times Two 

lemons times two oon pie plateThis is a David Hoff workshop with EZ strokes, in which we paint his design on a pie plate using base coating, shading, and highlighting with a pounce brushstroke to simulate texture. Originally designed for stoneware or low-fire bisque using a majolica technique, we decided to paint on the 04 bisque and clear glaze when finished.

July 17 Wine & Cheese Board

wine & cheese board sample for class(a David Hoff WS) on ceramic cutting board, concepts Today we are painting a ceramic cutting board with Concepts underglazes by Duncan. The design is David Hoff’s Wine & Cheese Board which was originally done on a larger serving dish. The background color is called sprinkles, one of the newer additions to the Concepts line.

July 24 Christmas in July

Santa silkscreen plate with holly leaves (2)Santa face Christmas plate in Concepts. We will use silkscreens to apply a Santa face design and some holly leaves to a rimmed dinner plate. We paint the design with Duncan Concepts underglaze for bisque, sponge in a light blue background, add silkscreened holly leaves on the rim, and finally band the plate to frame the picture. What a nice gift when filled with Christmas cookies or banana bread. Even the kids can do this, although the very young ones may need some help.

July 31 Sponge It Flowers 

20200828_185335Today we are using a new product called Sponge Its to put designs quickly and easily onto bisque. First, we are doing a bell planter, then several mugs to demonstrate different ways to use them. Had a chance to show you the goof-ups too! The paint is Duncan’s Concepts, underglaze for bisque. Make sure to allow to dry 24 hours, then apply two coats of clear glaze before firing. 

August 7 Strawberry Fields on a pie plate

20200804_011516(sample is on a wine cooler) Today we are painting an overall strawberry design with Duncan Concepts, including sprinkles for the flower centers and the strawberries. The project is “Strawberries by Tim McPhearson”

August 14 Napkin Painting Plate

20200808_165307Today we are painting the design on a napkin and then transferring it to a plate that has been glazed with white satin. After the transfer we will detail the leaves, add spatter, and put a band around the edge to finish it off. Technique is by Bob Marino of Mayco and he taught it at the IADCCT convention in Las Vegas last February.

August 21 Make It Personal 15 Ways to add names

make it personalThis PowerPoint shows 15 ways to add names to your ceramic pieces. Then in part II we demonstrate six of these methods. Watch this one first. Today’s presentation begins with a PowerPoint presentation on 15 Ways to Add Names. The video stopped and we had to start over with the demonstration part. Here we do stenciling, rubber stamping, masking, carving, engraving, and sgraffito. All mugs need finishing, glazing, and firing.

August 28 Halloween Plate 

20200828_185307The holiday Sponge-It’s have arrived! For Halloween we have the witch, bat, moon, and a jack-o-lantern. We will use them to do a silhouette Halloween scene like the one shown. We have a silkscreen tree that we can use in place of free handing the tree.


September 4 Clay flower bowls

by Earth and Skyla Potterypicture of clay flower bowlsThese bowls start with a slab of clay which we roll out with a rolling pin and thickness sticks. After tracing out and cutting the petals, we fold them up and adhere to each other forming a bowl. Texture can be added with sculpting tools now or with tools & mats before folding. The clay needs to dry about a week before firing. Finish with semi-translucent glazes that bring out the detail.

September 11 Rubber stamp designs

and backgrounds open house Michael's plate & stampsThese plates are stamped with Michael Harbridge’s large flexible rubber stamps. Stamp color is applied with a sponge roller. Color is then added to the designs using squeeze bottles.


September 18 Ugly Fish Clay Puzzling

Jims Ugly FishThis fish starts out by making a vase with clay and a clay puzzling mold. Then the fins, eyes, and tongue are formed from clay and attached. The completed piece needs to dry for about a week before firing. Decorate with underglazes, semi translucent glazes, and crystal glazes.

September 25 Glaze raking

michael glaze raking 2 platesThis procedure is done on a very wet plate using Concepts and a turntable or banding wheel. After the color is applied using a squeeze bottle, you pull through it with a liner brush or needle tool. It takes a long time to dry and it would be best to fire before applying clear glaze.

October 2 Large Scarecrow in Fashenhues

BYRON 0241 LARGE SCARECROW (CC)This twelve-inch whimsical scarecrow is painted with Fashenhues translucent stains. After applying two coats of basecoat sealer, we antique the entire piece with brown. Then add the colors, wiping back to bring out the detail. (This piece is $15 in bisque.) The picture shown is not done in Fashenhues.

October 9 Mishima

mishima potteryMishima is a technique of inlaying slip, underglaze, or even contrasting clay into the main clay body of the pottery piece. This technique creates extremely fine, intricate design work with hard, sharp edges that can be difficult to reliably replicate in any other way. After incising a design into a clay body, we will add color and wipe back to leave it only in the design.

October 16 Flip Kit

flip kitThis compact watercolor Flip Kit comes with 18 concentrated colors, and Aqua-Flo brush, mixing tray and dabbing pad. This is designed for any surface where watercolor can be used. With ceramics we’re using it over the top of acrylic finishes for designs and blending and over the top of glazed surfaces that have been sprayed with porcelain or super matte finish. Colors need to be spray sealed and are not for food surfaces. Does not require firing. The colors swivel out and fold back up into the compact set.

October 23 Soft Sculpture Turkey 

Dona 0283 soft-sculpture quilted turkey (CC)This soft-sculpture turkey is fun to paint either in underglazes or in stains. The lesson here is learning to add multiple fabric patterns to various sections of the turkey. This makes a nice centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or buffet and can be paired with soft-sculpture pumpkins.

October 30 Pumpkins and Harvest Mums Platter

1436 pumpkins and harvest mumsThis David Hoff project can be painted with either EZ strokes or Concepts underglazes. EZ strokes are more concentrated colors if you have them available. Let dry twenty-four hours before glazing.

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If you are not able to come, try some of these techniques at home.

To-Go Kits can be picked up at the studio, delivered, or mailed.

We are open for classes Monday nights at 6:00.

Kids Krafts are Wednesdays at 3:00 (schedule posted last week).

Facebook Live adult workshops listed here are Friday nights at 6:00.

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New Kids Krafts Schedule

Kids Krafts Virtual Summer Arts Program

Many of the projects can be done with toddlers and preschoolers as Mommy & Me projects. If you are homeschooling and need lesson plans I will gladly write them for you. All videos are on Wednesdays at 3:00. To-Go Baskets for Kids are only $10 and can be delivered (if local) or mailed.

August 26 Hand & Foot Print Art

Grillin #2

Jeremy promises that he will help us make a Daddy’s Grilling Plate using his hand prints. Following the lesson there is a ten-minute PowerPoint presentation of projects using the hand or foot prints of babies and children. What a great idea for the kids and a nice gift for parents and grandparents.

September 2 Cookie Cutters & Clay

Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter

We will roll out some clay and use a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter direct from Disneyland in California to make a small trivet or large coaster. When dry it can be painted and glazed. After firing we add some sheet cork to the back and it’s ready to use on your table or give as a special gift.

September 9 Autumn Leaf Pasta Bowl

Ann Original Pasta Bowl (leaf silkscreen)Today we will use leaf silkscreens to decorate a pasta bowl, then paint the leaves in bright fall colors. After painting we will spatter the whole thing and add a border to frame our picture. Perfect to hold Halloween candy or use for cereal or soup. What is more special than a bowl that your child painted themselves?

September 16 Glaze Raking Spider Web

spider cakeWe will use glaze raking with Concepts to make a spider web plate like the cake shown in the picture. After it is dry we can add an optional silkscreen spider. Once fired, it is safe to use for food and put in the microwave or dishwasher.

September 23 Clay Puzzling Spider

clay spiderToday we will use potters clay with a special mold to form a hollow ball. Then roll and attach ropes of clay for the legs and small balls for the eyes. Using a tool, we will add dimension to the spider. After drying for about a week, we can fire and then stain or glaze our spider.

September 30 Shaving Cream Pumpkins

shaving cream WS 10-29-18 #3 (2)We use shaving cream to give us a marbled effect on the pumpkin. Just like we did with the Fourth of July Bell only this time we use stains instead of underglazes. (Remember, the bell had to be glazed so that it will ring.)  Choose a variety of oranges, reds, yellows, and browns. Here we used copper to add some squiggles and paint the stem.


Facebook Live Adult Workshops

These are technique workshops for adults. However, older children can do most of the projects as well.

August 28  Halloween Plate with Sponge It’s

sponge it samplesOur holiday sponges are on the way! Yeah! We will do something like this. We already did a Sponge It’s workshop with flowers in the Kids Krafts videos. This tree was added by the artist freehand but we do have a silkscreen we can use.


Next week I hope to have a new schedule for the adult workshops.

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If you can’t come, at least check out the videos
and paint some ceramics at home.

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