Back to work . . . .

Classes

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.

Orders

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 CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com 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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2020 End-of-Year Wrapup

With all of the COVID restsrictions this year, life has changed considerably for people throughout the world. Jeremy, Jim, and I got some COVID Christmas shirts. We had a quiet Christmas with just the three of us, then our kids are visiting us on different days. Gifts for grandkids and greatgrands were sent home or mailed. No big family gatherings this whole year.
We hope that you all had a great day despite the restrictions and that you have a safe and healthy New Year.

What happened in 2020

  • No studio classes for awhile, then reopening the studio with social distancing and sanitizing so we can paint safely. We offered to-go kits so people could paint at home, even offered to deliver or ship but there was no interest.
  • No nursing home classes, then we did have one in a residential building near year’s end.
  • Facebook Live “classes” (which turned out to be only demonstrations as noone was interested in ordering the kits that we had available).
  • Sample Sale on trees was somewhat successful but the other Facebook sales we did were not productive.
  • Etsy stores were busy with people doing online shopping for the holidays. We were swamped with orders and a few are still not fullfilled.
  • Catalog orders came in but we don’t have a very efficient way to keep track of them and some information got lost.
    [If you thought you ordered something and didn’t get it please send an email to CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com or call 330-219-8001.
    I ended up with an extra Af-Am caroler set painted, an Ohio State tree, and an extra set of naughty turtles. If you ordered these please call asap.]

Industry Closings

  • DUNCAN SOLD it’s ceramics division to Mayco who will produce a limited number of Duncan products. We have used Duncan products exclusively since we started in 1970. We are both Duncan certified and members if IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Ceramic Teachers) and MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers, a chapter of IADCCT)
  • OCS CLOSED Ohio Ceramic Supply is in Ravenna. We have dealt with them since we opened our first studio in Salem in 1972. Now we must order from Buskeye Ceramics near Columbus and have it delivered to the OCS building for pickup.

What’s Coming in 2021

  • CLOSED until January 10
  • MVCT meeting and class with Larry Knight on Sunday, January 10th This is open to everyone.
  • Studio classes resume Monday, January 11th with a special project. Did you know that January 11th is National Milk Day?
  • January themes are snowmen and penguins so watch for workshops both in the studio and online.
  • January also has MLK Day so look for a special I have a Dream project.
  • Janauary 29-30-31 is the IADCCT convention on Zoom. We went to Las Vegas for this last year.
  • Christmas cards went out to all 2020 customers with a coupon. Some people who ordered at the end of the year probably didn’t get one so please let me know by email or PM on Messenger.
  • Letters to nursing/assisted living facilities are going out. They have a special offer for first-quarter classes either at their facility or online with to-go kits being delivered.
  • New Bisque:
    1. new hexagon plate mold is already here
    2. several new African-American Kids molds are ordered
    3. Star Wars banks are ordered and on their way.
  • FEBRUARY had Valentine’s Day and some other “holidays” so watch for special classes here, too.
  • MARCH has St. Patrick’s Day and we need to prepare for Easter on April 4th.

TO-DO LIST

  • answer all inquiries on the webpage. I never even saw these messages.
  • rearrange studio shelving
  • finish bathroom
  • install ceiling fans

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Countdown Continues

This week in the studio we added designer bling, acrylic paints, metallics, and jewels to glass and plastic ornaments. There are still a few available if you want to stop by this week. Perhaps we will make some with snowmen in January and hearts in February. Who says ornaments are only for Christmas?

Footprint Plates

Baby plates are unique gifts with footprint or handprint pictures. We did a Facebook Live class on these with a PowerPoint presentation showing lots of ideas. Here are a couple students made. First plate was made this year. Other one was based on the FB picture shown here — we did Killian’s footprints.

Hmmm. We can do more plates like this for other themes and other holidays. In fact, MVCT plans to have kids do fish handprint pictures at the Midwest Ceramic Show in April. We did Daddy’s Grilling Plate for Father’s Day.

Christmas Vacation

We will be closed from Christmas Day to Sunday, January 10, 2021. We are having an MVCT meeting that Sunday and all are welcome to come do the Duncan U project with Larry Knight. It is a cake plate with pedestal but we decided to do it on a regular plate since that one is discontinued.

Here is a Christmas scene plate that I painted this year.

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12 Days to Christmas

In the Studio

Open Classes Monday December 14th and 21st, Wednesday the 16th and 23rd. Any other afternoon or evening by appointment. Let’s get those Christmas gifts finished!

THIS MONDAY (tomorrow, 12/14) we are painting clear glass Christmas tree ornaments. If you are caught up on everything else, come and join us. $2.00 each. We also have lots of ceramic ornaments in the craft drawers that you can take home and paint. Why not make a special hand-painted ornament for everyone on your Christmas list!

Mail Orders

We are making progress here with almost all of the orders mailed out. We took packages to USPS on Friday and to FedEx on Saturday. All of those people have received tracking information on their shipments. We still have to finish two extra-large horses, a jazz band, several pair of naughty turtles, a bench for sitters, two more trees, and some angels. Promised to get these all out for Christmas!

Christmas Gifts

Personal gifts are all done and wrapped, including some purchased on Amazon for Jeremy.

Jeremy is making something for the family, too. Got those poured and half of them fired and ready to paint. Don’t want to give away the surprise but I think they will be liked.

Christmas cards went out to family a couple weeks ago and over a hundred more cards are ready to mail to students, ceramic friends, and customers. We included a special coupon to be used in January or February 2021.

Celebrating

Baking still needs to be done — Christmas breads and cookies.

Decorating still needs to be done — trees and everything else is in the shed and needs to be brought in. We probably won’t use everything this year — can always find some neat lit up ceramic trees in the Studio like we did last year!

It’s not too late

…to come paint some ornaments

…to put together a to-go basket with bisque, brushes, and paints

…to purchase gift certificates for lessons, bisque, or finished pieces

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come!

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$$$ SAMPLE SANTA SALE $$$

Old World Santas are for sale today. These painted samples are between 10″ and 12″ tall and sell for $20.00. [Click on arrows to see all ten pictures in slide show.]

We have about forty in our collection that we can pour for you (for next year). A few of them are 8″ and sell finished for $11.25 but we don’t have any of them painted right now. Check out Old World Santas to see them all and for sizes, descriptions, and prices.

Please send PM to CarolsCarouselCreations on Facebook or send an email to CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com to order. If you leave a message on this page I may not see it.

Finished Christmas trees are also available and are on sale for the bisque kit price. See our Facebook page for two posts showing what we still have available.

News from the Studio

Open classes Monday and Wednesday @ 6:00 and other times by appointment (any afternoon or evening) until Christmas.

Bisque and paint kits available if you prefer to work at home.

Still working to get all the Etsy and catalog orders finished and shipped in time for Christmas.

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The studio will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s.

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Countdown to Christmas

Wow! This Tuesday is the 1st of December already! And we revisit the year with no holidays. February we went to the IADCCT Convention in Las Vegas. Came home and shared some of what we learned with other members and friends. Classes went on as usual and we prepared a special Easter Workshop with a basket, a chocolate bunny, and Easter eggs to be painted with Mud. Then COVID hit and the bisque is still sitting on my shelf.

No Easter, no Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, family picnic in June, Card club picnic in July, Star Trek Club picnic in August, Halloween party, nor Thanksgiving. Ceramic shows and Open houses were cancelled.

So how do we find the POSITIVE in all of this self-isolation?
We learn to use technology.
March 22 was our first Facebook live workshop and we had Kids Krafts project on Wednesdays and an adult project on Fridays. Then we went to just Fridays and integrated the kids version into the regular adult class. The to-go kits were a flop so we still have lots of materials on hand for paint kits, gift bags and baskets, brushes, etc.

We had a ZOOM class with ceramic professional David Hoff, and are going through a five-week brush stroke workshop with him now. After we finish we can offer these projects in our studio. We are even doing the 2021 IADCCT Convention via Zoom.

Etsy stores and our online catalog have brought in a lot of orders. We are struggling to keep up and have gone “on vacation” for the month of December so we can get everyone’s orders shipped out.

So Where is our Countdown to Christmas?, you ask.
1. Open Classes for our studio painters means pouring, cleaning, and firing
2. Mail orders means pouring, cleaning, firing, painting, packing, and shipping.
3. Writing and mailing Christmas cards to friends, family, and customers. This will include a special coupon to be used in January or February.
4. Wrapping and mailing Christmas gifts to out-of-state family.
5. Baking and making gifts for local family and friends.
6. Shopping was all done online and most of it has already arrived.
7. Decorating needs done before mask-wearing family stops by

So let’s get this all done and have a happy, safe holiday.

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

Note: we did two Sample Sale videos on Facebook Live.
Check them out and if you see something you want
you can still pick it up at the studio or have it mailed.
All samples are going for the bisque price.

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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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