Sponge It’s Update

New Holiday Sponge It order

sponge it order #3Dru had most of these in stock and is mailing them to me from her family’s home in California. You can see what some of them look like in the photos I captured from Facebook. After they arrive we will be doing another Facebook Live video on using them.

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Previous Sponge It’s Orders

#14 robin x 3
#34 butterfly x 3
#37 dragonfly x 3
#89 poppy leaves x 4

We did a sample plate using these sponges with the poppy flower from the first order. However, it is not fired.  On the plate we outlined everything with a liner brush, on the bell vase and ginger jar we did not.

daisy sponge itleaf with twig sponge it

leaf sponge it

These pictures show some of the sponges from the first order. The idea was to have enough for a class, either in the studio or a party van class. Thus, we ordered multiples of each sponge. At this point we have plenty and are ordering one of each to provide more variety.


Facebook Live Videos

We did a Friday online class with the Sponge Its and you can find it on the Carol’s Carousel Creations page under videos. We planned one for Kids Krafts this week but decided to wait for the holiday sponges to arrive.


How can You do Sponge It designs?

  1. Come into the studio and use ours (and wear a mask).
  2. Purchase a To-Go kit and borrow a few of our sponges. (We will even deliver)
  3. Order you own Sponge-It’s from Dru Woodward, who is the US distributor.

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And where there is always something new to learn.


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What’s new?

Next Sunday

Hydrangea Blues Duncan U class


MVCT is having a Duncan University Class here in the studio at 2:00 following their business meeting at 1:00.  Class is $25.00 + bisque (bring your own dinner plate in bisque or purchase one for $5.00). The subject is Hydrangea Blues. You MUST register ahead of time. Masks or face shields will be provided or you can bring your own. Seating is limited in order to accommodate social distancing.

Facebook Live

Kids Krafts on Wednesday at 3:00 is a silkscreened mug. Several different options and designs will be offered.
Facebook Live adult class on Friday at 6:00 is napkin painting. We will paint on a napkin and then transfer the design to a plate.

New Ideas for Online Classes

  • Glaze raking
  • Clay puzzling (ugly fish)
  • Sgraffito
  • Mishima
  • New sponge-its
  • Stencils
  • Rubber stamp designs and backgrounds
  • Azure techniques
  • Mandala
  • Cricut stencils
  • Wax resist

So please let us know what you would like to see. Also, when you will feel comfortable coming to the studio for workshops. We can always provide to-go kits or Kids Kraft baskets if you want to work at home. We have even offered to deliver them. Kids ate $10 and adults are $15.

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There is always something new to learn! 

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This week in the studio

MVCT Angel Service Project

angel projectChapter members and friends are making angels to give to the first-line COVID healthcare workers. This is a Clay Magic mold and the company donated three molds to each chapter who is working on the project. Each mold produces three angels and we have just purchased an additional three molds so the pourers will be getting six each pour. Most of them are glazed in a glaze called Nordic Light which give a very faint blue tone in the details. However, we are now using some other colors that we have on hand. We are almost at our goal of 300 which will be delivered to St. Elizabeth Boardman to be distributed to their COVID workers. The chapter decided to continue with this project so will be making more.

Kids Krafts

Last week we painted a small Christmas tree for Christmas in July. Next week we will be painting a bubble fish where we actually blow bubbles for the background. Wednesdays at 3:00.

Facebook Live Adult Classes

Last week we painted a Santa plate with silkscreens and this week we will be using Sponge-Its to paint a large vase. The design shown is just a sample. Fridays at 6:00.


We are having Open Classes every Monday night at 6:00. Please call for reservations. You may do the workshop from the previous Friday’s Facebook Live OR work on what you want in Open Class. Masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer are available.

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This week’s Facebook Live sessions:

Kids Krafts Wednesday @ 3:00

Park Vista Tree closeup

This mini Christmas tree is just like the big ones. We will be painting one in stains using a dark green as a base color, then drybrushing with a lighter green. Next we will add snow, and then glitter (either crystal or silver or gold). Finally, the pinlights and a battery-operated mini tealight will make the tree come to life. A great project for kids or for seniors at a Party Van workshop. Kids can paint larger trees just like this or with glaze. Prices vary.

Facebook Live Adult Workshop Friday @ 6:00

Jolly Santa Tree

The Mayco Jolly Tree can be decorated in a multitude of different ways. For this Christmas in July special we are painting it as a Santa Tree. The cost for doing this special workshop is only $15.  You must request your tree ahead of time. We can also do the tree next Monday during class.


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Today’s Facebook Live workshop

Artful Daisies Garden WS

You can watch the video on our Facebook page Carol’s Carousel Creations. OR you can come to class on Monday. Face masks and shields will be available. Please call for reservations and state whether you want the workshop or open class.

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Studio Reopens Next Week

Monday, July 6th at 6:00
(not tomorrow)

clipart WE'RE OPEN

We have face masks and face shields or you can bring your own.

You MUST make a reservation. Either PM, text, or phone.

State whether you want the Workshop or Open Class seating.

The Workshop for Friday, July 3rd (Facebook Live) AND
Monday, July 6th (studio) is the daisies on shown painted on this plate.


Seating is limited and spaced out to conform to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

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Facebook Live Update

Finally figured it out:

  • I was able to change a setting on the Kids Krafts Apron video and share it to Carol’s Carousel Creations Facebook page with the rest of the videos.
  • We are getting lots of views of the Friday night videos (111, 290, 215, 88, and 58 in order of broadcast); Kids Krafts had 87 on the apron but the first one was shared so I don’t have a count.
  • However, people actually buying the To-Go Kits and Kids Krafts Baskets has been very sparse. We have tried to keep the price down ($15 for To-Go and $10 for Kids Krafts) and even offered to deliver them to people’s homes. Suggestions on promoting sales would be appreciated.

What’s Coming Up?

  1. Facebook Live Videos: In light of the number of viewers we will try to continue the Summer Schedule as announced last week. (Scroll down to see the post.) Even if people don’t take us up on purchasing the materials, at least we are sharing knowledge in the field of ceramics.
  2. In-Studio Classes: People have been asking if they can come in and paint.  I am still not certain what that will look like with the COVID-19 restrictions. Here are some ideas:
    • we have made facemasks for everyone
    • we have gloves if you wish to use them
    • we have hand sanitizer available
    • we will sanitize all bowls, palettes, brushes, and paints after you leave (do NOT return anything to the shelf, just leave it on the table)
    • we can only seat 11 people if we use both rooms (and if I can get the lumber relocated that is taking up the first table). People from the same household can sit together.
    • there will be a studio fee ($5.00) for any no shows unless you call and cancel
    • we have considered purchasing face shields to use instead of the masks (need your opinion on whether that might be more comfortable)
    • we will NOT be taking temperatures. It is your responsibility to stay home if you don’t feel well but please let us know in case someone else wants your seat.
    • tentative reopening date is Monday, July 6th at 6:00.
      • We will plan to do the workshop that was broadcast the previous Friday.
      • You MUST make reservations so that I can arrange seating .
      • You MUST tell me whether you want the workshop or Open Class. Since we are using both rooms it may be necessary to separate these two groups
  3. Party Van Workshops: We will resume the Party Van Workshops as soon as the nursing homes and care centers allow outsiders to come in. There is already one scheduled for the end of July.

Next Week

  • Wednesday @ 3:00 Kids Krafts Realistic Rabbit, drybrushing, for your garden.
  • Friday @ 6:00 Pet Angels, how to use metallic rub-on pastes

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So just what does our New Normal look like?
More online classes,
social distancing in our studio classes,
and our Party Van Workshops.


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Facebook Live

Adult Workshops

We have been broadcasting ceramic workshops on Fridays at 6:00 on Facebook live. Once the live broadcast has ended the videos are on the Facebook page for you to watch. If it isn’t showing up on the screen just go to videos on the left.

  1. Learning to Mud (5/22) on salt & pepper shakers, stains
  2. Flower of Hawaii (5/29) on hyacinth vase, concepts
  3. National Donut Day (6/8) Duncan bisque donuts box OR bank AND coffee mug, concepts
  4. Happy Birthday to Me (6/12) cake box OR cupcake box OR cupcake bank AND ice cream cone, concepts
  5. Pet Angels (6/26)  How to use metallic rub-on paste. stains, Includes paint box
  6. Artful Daisies Garden (7/3) on plate with a lattice edge, cover coats
  7. Lemons Times Two (7/10) on a large pie plate, EZ strokes
  8. Wine & Cheese Board (717) (a David Hoff WS) on ceramic cutting board, concepts
  9. Christmas in July (7/24) Santa face on the Jolly Tree (stains)
  10. Sponge Flowers (7/31) on a pitcher or vase with Sponge-Its sponge stamps
  11. Ziggy (8/7) or other animal (prices vary with size) with Azure alcohol markers
  12. Poppy Silkscreen (8/14) on a large platter
  13. 8/21 TBD (requests taken)
  14. 8/28 TBD (requests taken)

Kids Krafts Virtual Summer Arts Program

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Studio Reopening

We have not yet set a date for when we will reopen the studio and have classes again. I have made face masks for everyone and we will have to observe social distancing in our seating so reservations are a must. We will offer workshops in the studio with one-on-one assistance but will still do the videos for those who are not comfortable coming out. It will be at lease the beginning of July but might not be until August.

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Please join us online Fridays at 6:00 and Wednesdays at 3:00.
Kids Krafts classes are for kids of all ages;
you might see something there of interest.


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New Tripod

Learning to use the camera

We got a new tripod that holds a cell phone and is able to focus down onto the work area. Unfortunately, we had just gotten home from the store with it when it was time to broadcast the workshop. So, the first Facebook Live Workshop, Learning to Mud, was done with me holding everything up in front of my face. The second Facebook Live Workshop was done with the camera aimed at an angle towards the table so you saw my shirt and the workpiece but not my face. The first was done with my tablet and I watched on my computer. The second was done with my phone and it wouldn’t come up on the computer. So there is a giant learning curve and I need to practice before next week.


We have to-go kits made up for both the Learning to Mud ($20) and the Flower of Hawaii ($15) workshops. You can still order them for pickup or delivery or deliver by mail. And you can watch both videos on the Carol’s Carousel Creations Facebook page. We have them for the next workshop as well and for all to come in June and July.

National Donut Day

This Friday, June 5th, is National Donut Day. The Facebook Live workshop will be a ceramic donut bank or donut box and a coffee mug. Again, if you order your to-go kit ahead of time ($15) you can paint along with us. When you order your  kit let me know what flavor donut and icing you want so we get the right colors. Sprinkles are part of the mold but you can request specific colors for those as well.

donut bisque

For the coffee mug, it will be a random plain cup from our studio shelf. And there are six clipart designs you can choose from to paint on your cup OR create your own. (Mug photo is from a class Jeremy’s workshop did with silkscreens.)

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So for now, we must have our FUN by
meeting online in our virtual classroom.

See you on Friday!


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Facebook Live Workshops

First workshop was last Friday, Learning to Mud

If you missed it go the Facebook page

and look on the left side of the page for videos. We did the Learning to Mud workshop and painted flowers on the salt & pepper shakers. To –go kits are still available.

Getting Ready for Workshop #2 Flower of Hawaii

Friday, May 29th at 6:00 p.m.
We will be painting Flower of Hawaii on Duncan’s hyacinth vase. The original David Hoff piece is painted on a large platter. You will be getting several different sizes of the pattern. The smallest is what I used on the sample. However, you could use a larger size and put one flower on the front and more around the vase. I will be demonstrating the large pattern on a platter so that you can more easily see the lesson. As with workshop #1, you can order the to-go bag ahead of time and paint along with the broadcast. This workshop is only $15.00.

Workshop #3 is Friday, June 5th,
National Donut Day

Workshop #4 is Friday , June 12th,
Happy Birthday to Me!

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Where having Fun is why we come?

We will just have to have our Fun from home for a while.

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