2020 Getting Started Again

Hmmm! it has been a week since I set up the contest for followers. No one new has joined. But I will check it again on Saturday!

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It is nearly March and we have been pretty much shut down for the start of the year. Between getting ready for Convention, then a week going to Convention, then recuperating from Convention…. Then Jeremy got sick, then Jim, then me.  Oh well, that’s life! 

  1. Pouring new orders, including six extra-large horses
    Doc Holliday 1197 The Original Large Carousel Horse
  2. Jazz Band Stage fromtPainting some of the orders
    (two jazz bands and a chess set)
  3. Starting classes again tomorrow, Monday, February 24th.
    Silhouette class #1
  4. carousel party van logoPrepping for two March Party Van events
    (need to make more calls)
  5. Mudding eggs for the Special Easter Workshop, Sunday March 22nd.
    Carol's mud vase MCS 4-2019
  6. 20200209_144821Planning how and when to share new techniques from convention.
  7. Gathering friends for the Fashenhues training on April 18th & 19th.
    Fashenhues Logo
  8. drus classes midwest show 2020Signing up for classes at the
    Midwest Ceramic Show, April 24th & 25th
  9. Deciding what to enter in the
    Ceramic Competition at the show.
    Fruit basket teapot (glaze & concepts)
  10. Clay Magic 1522 white football boyWaiting for the mold orders to come in — we ordered 18 new figures, some African-American, some Caucasian figures.



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

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Please tell us what YOU want to see in the studio.

Open classes where you work on what you want?

Technique workshops where you learn something new?
Party Van going to your grandma’s place?
Bring in Special teachers?
Or maybe you want to teach a class or two?



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  • Drawing is the last day of February through June 2020.
  • Jeremy will choose the winner. (He doesn’t read.)
  • Prizes will be a coupon for $20 to spend in the studio. Good on in-house bisque, finished pieces, and supplies.
  • You pay postage if shipping is required.
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  • Winners will be announced on this page.

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Carols Carousel Creations

Where having Fun is why we come!

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I posted this notice on the “African American Kids and Friends” Facebook page and shared it to the Carol’s Carousel Creations page and several Ceramic Network pages. However, I know that some of you do not have Facebook so am sharing it again here. It is in reference to the Etsy store — several of our students have requested some white figures, especially in the sports line, so we ordered them and added “and Friends” to the store name and the Facebook page name.

Since the name change on this page to include “friends” we have ordered Clay Magic molds for a number of Caucasian figures. Yesterday I added several more posts of figures we already have in the studio:
** Caucasian Dolls
** Rosie, Dottie & Friends
** Umbrella Kids & More
** Alberta 5″ Caucasian Figures
** White Young Sports Players because there were too many to include with the African American kids.

Wherever possible, white and black figures are included in the same category:
** Man & Woman leisure
** Child Bride & Groom
** Old Man & Old Woman

I have posted only one picture from each Etsy post. They may have up to ten figures in the same post if they are related. So check it out AfAmKidsnFriends.

Then I realized everything I posted was the white folks so I addedd this note in a comment

Sorry, it looks like we don’t have African-American molds. In fact we have over a hundred at this point in time and are adding more.

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Carol’s Carousel and
African-American Kids and Friends

We have been recuperating from our very intense trip to Vegas!
So now it is time to get back to work, pouring, cleaning, painting, packing, and more. Also getting ready for our next workshop.celebrate black history month ws poster

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Convention 2020 part 2

The Fun Stuff

Not that the classes weren’t fun but there is so much else going on at Convention.


Every member of IADCCT is encouraged to paint a project, write up a tech sheet, and take it or send it to convention. They then get an Educational Showcase point. Then the tech sheets and photos are posted on the IADCCT website so everyone can print a copy. MVCT shareware projects are:

These all replicate plates that we saw at the Museum of Ceramics which we toured last May. We are looking at dinnerware down through the ages. Our display includes a total of nineteen plates, including some others I painted, and a plate with the Homer Laughlin home. There were about a hundred pictures of plates from the museum with dialog either on the plate display or on the back of the photo. We received numerous compliments.FB_IMG_1581477247193

Goodie Bags

Chapters and individuals donate items for the goodie bags, some ceramic related and some not. This year we each received a small backpack full of items to take home. We were so busy getting our display pictures mounted and labeled that we missed getting our contribution into the bags. So Saturday at lunch we went around to the table and handed them out. We made an Award Pin Robbin with the IADCCT logo.

First Timers

Three of us were new and got a convention badge with first-timer ribbon to wear all weekend. We were introduced to the Ambassadors and one of them sat at our table for lunch. We were introduced to the entire convention after lunch and presented with a tote bag full of more goodies.



All meals were buffet style to accommodate various preferences and diets. It was all delicious and every meal had a choice of two decadent desserts. This includes lunch Saturday and Sunday and the Convention Dinner Saturday night.

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Awards Dinner

Before the dinner there was a hospitality hour with the bar open and an ice-breaker game. Jim and Carol were too tired to attend and took a rest instead. It sounds like it was a lot of fun.

Awards and Charters were handed out at the dinner. Table favors were glasses holders with a pair of plastic glasses. Table centerpieces were given out by drawing numbers.

20200208_203624 - CopyI won the centerpiece at our table. It is a fairy totem, a bit hard to see here with the busy background. I left the cement-filled flower pot behind and just took the stakes on the plane.




  • One chapter gave away Saturday night’s hotel bill. The weekend is more pricey than weekdays so that was really appreciated by the winner
  • Chinese Auction — chapters and individuals donated items for the auction. MVCT doChinese auctionnated a Painters Package complete with tech sheet, notebook, apron, water bowl, palette, coffee mug, and brush caddy (both a sample and a new one for them to paint). some items broke in transit but the winner of ours was very happy regardless. Sheryl won a beautiful flowered oval platter and Jim won $50 cash.
  • My Favorite Things registrationCoffee Fund — David Hoff donated free registration for two events: one at his home, and one called My Favorite Things at the hotel in Vegas. I WON the latter! So I will be traveling to Vegas the first weekend in January 2021! The value of the trip was $445 for the registration in 2020. Money from the raffle goes to pay for the coffee setup each day
  • Door Prizes — These giveaways included many different types of prizes. Some names were drawn during the dinner and some during Friday’s lunch. Laura won a bagful of ceramic colors.

We had lots of fun! Did not gamble and did not go to the strip at all.
Of course, in Vegas there are slots everywhere, even at the airport. Tried out several restaurants, spent lots of money.
Bought new luggage because the handles were broken on ours.

Do not know how we can afford to go to the Midwest Show in April and to Vegas for My Favorite Things the beginning of January, and Convention 2021 the end of January.

But we will try — with lots of classes, new technique workshops, Party Van workshops, and online sales maybe we can.



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IADCCT Convention 2020

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Convention Projects

Friday Make-N-Takes

There were six projects to choose from. Laura & Sheryl did three; Jim & Carol did the other three, so we have all six to share. The mushroom jar is shown both painted and finished. Laura & Sheryl also did a bowl. Make-N-Takes are one-hour projects and two of them will be taught at the MVCT March meeting.

Saturday workshops

Mandala plate with Cricut stencils. First we learned to weed the cutout vinyl–a positive and a negative shown. Then we used transfer paper to put a design onto the plate. Finally we painted the dots using a small squeeze bottle.

In the afternoon we painted on a napkin, transferred the color to a plate, and outlined  with a liner brush. Bob had a special silkscreen made of the IADCCT logo and we learned how to use a silkscreen. Some put their design on the back of the plate rather than on the front.

Sunday workshops

Blus jay picture with Cover Coats. We masked out the bird before painting the background and sponged the edge when we were done.blue jay plate

There was a Duncan U workshop created especially for Convention. We outlined the entire picture with a colored wax resist, then filled in the sections with various paints. We will definitely be doing this workshop in the studio, especially for Alice (who was raised in Roswell, New Mexico).


Convention classes held half of the attendees in the morning and the other half in the afternoom, thus about sixty in each class.

Monday David Hoff Workshop

David always offers a special workshop the day following convention. This one is a brush-stroke workshop. We not only learned how to do things and also why we do them that way. received_203618220825615.

We had a wonderful, very, very busy time in Vegas.
Will tell you all about it another day.
ALL projects can be taught in the studio
so request your favorite.

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Painting Eyes

This book was recommended by someone on Facebook and I recognized the author as the person who made the ceramic eye-painting molds.  If you attended the Beautiful Eyes workshop we had last year, we used her bisque pieces in class.

How to paint Eyes Kinzie

So I searched for the book which is no longer in print and found a good used copy. It includes a full-size color poster which we will probably laminate before posting on the wall of the studio. The book includes step-by-step instructions on painting human eyes in various expressions. Also, animal eyes and comic eyes. You are welcome to look through the book when you are in the studio and reference it ini your painting.

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

Anyone interested in another workshop
on painting eyes should contact the studio!

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IADCCT Convention

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MVCT [Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers] is preparing for the Annual IADCCT Convention in Las Vegas in February. Carol is President of the group, Jim is a member as well, and so are several of our studio’s students. Laura Gilbert VP went last year; this year Carol & Jim, Laura, and Sheryl will be attending.


There are six Make-n-Takes to choose from (each of us gets to do three) on Friday.

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Then two sessions Saturday and two more on Sunday.

2020 convention pieces


David Hoff is doing an all-day workshop after the convention. [Many of the workshops we have done in the studio, including the Snowman and Friend we did this month, are David Hoff workshops.

Snowman with Friend


Members are invited to share a piece of their own work in what is called “Shareware”. A finished piece is displayed at Convention and the tech sheet is downloadable from the IADCCT website. MVCT has decided to paint a series of plates showing Dinnerware through the Ages, a replication of pieces on display at the Museum of Ceramics in East Liverpool. Each of the chapter members is painting a plate and Carol is arranging a display which will also include photos taken at the Museum.

Goodie Bags

Each chapter donates a small gift to the “goodie bags” that are handed out to participants at the convention. MVCT is making Award Pin Ribbons. This is an idea borrowed from our scout troop where they were made for Mothers’ Pins.  Ours will be on a red & white ribbons with pinback and porcelain medallion with the IADCCT logo.

mother's ribbon

Auction Items

Not sure exactly what our chapter is donating, but we are thinking about sharing our Painter’s Package that we did for Retreat in August. It includes a notebook, apron, tote bag, coffee mug, brush caddy, paint palette, and water bowl. The project was inspired by Duncan Ambassador Marge Quick from Alaska.

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

Why do we go? 
to learn new ceramic techniques

When do we go? 
Weds, February 5 to Tues, February 11th

What’s in it for me? 
MVCT Mini-Retreat on March 8th to share




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