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.

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

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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Where having Fun is why we come!

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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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Where having Fun is why we come!

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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.

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

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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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Where having Fun is why we come!

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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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Where having Fun is why we come!

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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.

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

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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.

Where having Fun is why we come!

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