Happy Easter 2020

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In these days of Social Distancing to keep us all safe from Covid19, we reflect on better times, being able to go to work and being able to spend quality time with friends and family.

Spending time alone at home requires us to find things to keep us busy — cooking and cleaning can only go so far. Having a creative outlet soothes the soul and gives us a purpose in life. We can create things for our home or garden, or can make gifts for the not so distant holidays. And the kids need to keep busy, too.


  • If there is something on your shelf you want to take home and work on
  • If there is bisque on our shelves you would like to purchase
  •  If there is something in our catalog you want us to pour

We have put together Easter buckets in the past. We included two pieces of bisque, paints, and a cheap brush as well as coupons for studio time. The paints in the buskets are a strip of several acrylic paint colors.

We have a supply of Cute Kitty, Scottie Dog, and Comic Mouse on the shelf. They sell for $5.00 in bisque.

We also have a supply of small realistic bunnies. If you have Fashenhues paints at home, they work well on the rabbits. If not, simply use acrylic paints. They also sell for $5.00 in bisque. Large realistic rabbits are available on order. Small bunnies are 6″; large rabbits are 12″ & 15″ and sell for $12.50 in bisque.

And, of course, we have chocolate bunnies, baskets, and eggs which we poured for the Easter workshop. If interested in these please inquire.

What to order

  • You can purchase paints or borrow paints.
  • If you wish to spray your painted pieces you can use any spray including hairspray. Or we can sell you a can from our stock.
  • If you wish to work on fired pieces with underglazes or glazes, that is okay, too. just drop off when ready to fire.

How to get your supplies

  • Stop at the house and pick up your order from the front porch. You can pay through Facebook or PayPal or leave cash or check in an envelope.
  • Can’t get here? We can deliver if you are within a half-hour drive of Austintown.
  • Too far away? We can ship.

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

We can still have Fun painting. We just have to do it at home!





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Follower Drawing

Monthly Drawing

clipart ticket drawingThe winner of the drawing for March is baddkham36. Please contact me by sending an email to CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com to discuss your prize. You may order from our online catalog and receive a $20 credit or you may come to the studio when we reopen. The February winner was indianeskitchen. I have not received a response so please contact me by email as well.

The drawing is discontinued due to lack of participation.

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Until the government lifts the social distancing rules we will not be not open.

Etsy orders delayed

clipart scraped kneeEtsy orders and other bisque orders will be filled as soon as we can. I realize that Etsy orders are already paid for and will refund money if you wish to cancel your order. The reasons for the delay are that Jim has been unwell and Carol needs to do the pouring. Now Carol has been dealing with a bum right leg since before convention in February and last week she fell and scraped up the left knee pretty badly. Walking is rather difficult right now so moving heavy molds and standing at the pouring table is next to impossible. She is mostly sitting in her chair with her legs elevated. That being said, we will try and get something done this week.

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

Looking forward to everyone coming back after the all clear:
Technique workshops, open class, birthday parties,
and Party Van workshops at the nursing homes


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Studio is still Closed

There isn’t much news to relate since the studio is closed. However, the following activities are still on the schedule:

  • Drawing for March follower coupon. So if you aren’t following this page please do so. The winner gets a $20 gift certificate.
  • Easter Workshop to be rescheduled: it will probably be after the holiday so you can choose either the Easter basket, chocolate bunny, and eggs OR you can learn to MUD on another piece. Just choose from the shelf.
  • Spring Fling Tea to be scheduled after the social distancing is revoked.  This is NOT a ceramic event but just a fun social time. All friends, family, and followers will be invited and are welcome to bring their mothers, daughters, or other ladies that are special to them. Keeping watching for the invite.

spring teacup and flowers

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

Something you can do at home is search out the catalogs on this website and order what you want to make when we are open again. There is “Af-Am Kids”, “Carousel”, & “Catalog” (everything else).

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I can’t believe that last week’s post never got published! Guess I didn’t press the final button — but you can read it today.


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We are listening to the government and staying home. We are also not having anyone in so the studio is officially closed until further notice. IF you want to pick up something that is on your shelf, or was fired, or you want to pick up some bisque to work on at home, please contact me and I will box it up for you. This includes greenware to clean at home.


NONAME 0632 giraffe coloredBirthday Party, March 22th

  • 10 teens + 7 adults, to be rescheduled (getting their order ready)

Easter Workshop — learn how to MUD, March 29th

  • since this is only a week away, it is cancelled for that dateMUD on eggs photo
  • We are pouring Easter baskets, chocolate bunnies, and Easter eggs for the event.
    IF the quarantine is lifted and we can reschedule before Easter the items will be ready.
  • IF the quarantine is in effect through Easter we will reschedule the workshop later in the spring. Other items will be available for the MUD activity if you do not want to do eggs.

CLUB DAVID 1413 Majolica Daisy Egg BoxParty Van Event, Inn at Ironweed, March 31

  • Spring/Easter piece, to be rescheduled

Fashenhues Certification Training, April 18 & 19

  • Fashenhues Logo
    Ruth Ann was coming to the Midwest Ceramic Show, since the show is cancelled so is the training.
  • September does not suit the people who signed up for the event, so we are rescheduling for 2021 the week before or after the Midwest Ceramic Show.

Midwest Ceramic Show, April 24 & 25Midwest CeramicShow LOGO

  • It will be combined with the Fall show, September 11 & 12.
  • competition entries will be taken then so keep working on your pieces.
  • classes scheduled for April will be taught in September
  • MVCT will help with the IADCCT table and demonstrate techniques


So what are we doing in the meantime?

  • firing pieces that are on the firing rack
  • pouring pieces requested in greenware
  • pouring, cleaning, and firing items requested by students
  • pouring, cleaning, and firing Etsy orders
  • pouring, cleaning, and firing items for events that were postponed.
  • pouring new molds and painting samples

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

Remember — We Do Take-Out!

You can still have Fun at home!
And let the kids have some Fun, too!
Call or message that you want a To-Go box,
then come and pick it up.
We will pack up some bisque for you and
can include paints & brushes if needed.

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Stay Safe & Stay Well

sick Minnie MouseWith all the news and social media discussion, I suppose we should also address the pandemic that has been declared over the coronavirus. Some share statistics of other viruses that have come and gone, or other practices that cause death at a much higher rate than this virus, and ask what the panic is all about.

For our family, we have decided to keep Jeremy home from the workshop since the government has declared the schools closed. I see that now the bars and restaurants are closed as well. Hopefully, all this caution and precautions being taken will slow down the spread of this virus. We are doing without milk and toilet paper as some folks found it necessary to deplete the grocery shelves of these items, rather than share them with the rest of us.

clipart paint brushes in vaseHowever, it is still business as usual. We are here and no one is sick (other than the usual sinus drainage, arthritis, and PPS pain that lives here). So IF you want to come and paint ceramics you are welcome. Or IF you want to come and pick up pieces to paint at home, you are also welcome to do that. We do have some things on the shelf that the kids might like to do.

And we also have some “Easter buckets” if you want to make up one for your kids or grandkids. We premade these last year and have some supplies left. Included were two pieces of bisque, paint & brush, candy, and coupons for free lesson for a child and one for an adult. We sold them for $15 or two for $25.Easter Baskets for Sale

I also want to remind you of the upcoming Easter workshop which had been moved to Sunday, March 29th. We have allowed extended time as the workshop includes an Easter basket and chocolate bunny as well as a new technique called mudding. This is a special thickened product which is applied with a small bottle and cake decorating tip, then drawn through with a liner brush to make the design. The technique can be done on glass, on unfired ceramic glaze (then fired), or on non-fired products. We will be painting our Easter eggs with acrylic paints in spring colors before applying the mud. Here is the poster. 2020 Easter Workshop learn how to mud

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

So whenever you are feeling well
and not afraid to go out in public
come on over and have some fun!


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Retreat Review

Saturday’s MVCT Mini-Retreat was a big success and even ended on time! When an IADCCT chapter sponsors a Regional Educational Event, only members are permitted to attend. However, if they have a Retreat, it is open to the public.

These are the two projects that everyone got to do. The Halloween Cauldron Mug was changed to an Easter theme and was taught by Sheryl Wilder. After base-coating our mug with a selection of spring colors, we added a variety of foam Easter stickers as shown in the picture. Making sure they was pressed down, we then glazed the piece with a choice of Duncan Shimmer glazes. After the glaze dried we removed the stickers.  A little clear glaze on the designs and a little cleanup wherever the glaze seemed under the sticker and these will be ready to fire.

Dancing with Dandelions is the title of the plate we painted. Taught by Laura Gilbert, we painted the flowers with toilet paper tubes! First we brushed on a background using three different shades of green Concepts and a fan brush and making wavy lines. We cut the tubes about 2″ up from the bottom into narrow strips and dipped this into Really White paint to make our flowers. The centers were added using a paper towel or a sponge. Then we finished by adding leaves and outlining them with a liner brush. After drying for 24 hours, we will clear glaze and fire.

All of the Make-N-Take classes and seminar classes at Convention taught us new products or new ways to use old products. Since the Make-N-Takes are one-hour classes rather than three-hour seminars we were able to do two projects during our retreat.

Carol Warneke demonstrated the Frog Bank which is done in a similar manner to the mug. Instead of using stickers, they used fabric fringe at Convention and she used regular yarn for the demo (on a soft mushroom fairy house, not on a frog). The effect of the fringe shows up best on the green frog.

Mira Rulong and Lucretia Kaiser are MVCT members who sell both finished pieces and ready-to-paint bisque at Craft Shows. They did a nice presentation, giving us lots of good ideas and resources, including handouts for future reference.

Attendance:  We are sorry that some folks who wanted to come had to work or had other commitments. It is difficult to find a time when everyone is available and we did have a last minute change this time.

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

Please watch our blog and our Facebook page for
special studio technique workshops,
Duncan Ambassador workshops,
and open MVCT events.
These are usually held on the weekends.

In the World of Ceramics, there is always something New to learn.

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MVCT Mini-Retreat

clipart congrats“InDianesKitchen” is the winner of the February Blog Follower Drawing.

Please contact me to redeem your prize.
You may call any day after noon 330-219-8001
OR y
ou may send an email to CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com. Congratulations! 

We need more followers! If you are reading this post but are not “following” the blog please enter your email in the box at the right. Next drawing is the end of March.

MVCT Mini-Retreat

clipart retreatThe March meeting of MVCT Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers will be held next Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 to 2:00 in the studio. Members received a notice and their March newsletter today. Note that it was changed from Sunday to Saturday to accommodate activities of the members.

This meeting is open to the public so students, friends, family, and even long-distance followers are encouraged to participate. Sheryl and Laura will be teaching two of the Make-N-Take projects from Convention (bring $10 for the bisque), Jim will be demonstrating another, and Carol will be giving an overall summary and sharing the other projects with the group. If you are a member of MVCT, you should give a talk, handout, demonstration, or tip and earn Educational Showcase points for doing so.

Skype is available for all of our meetings. Please contact Sheryl Wilder (on  Facebook or slwilder91@yahoo.com) if you plan to join us via Skype. Since this is an open meeting, if you are having classes why not let your whole studio join in! We are sharing new techniques. If you want to paint along with us you will need a plate, a mug, and an empty toilet paper roll for each person. Tech sheets can be sent to you by email or Facebook upon request.

Please let us know you are coming. Seating is available for twenty and we have seven signed up so far.

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

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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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When you log onto the website, there is a place on the right side of the page that asks if you want to follow the blog.

Click that button and enter your email address


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  • You will be entered into a monthly drawing.

Door Prizes


To encourage you to follow our webpage, we will be holding several door prize drawings.


  • No purchase is needed, just sign up.
  • 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.
  • Your name will remain in the pool until you are a winner. So the sooner you join, the more chances of winning you have.
  • 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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