Friday, 26 February 2016

Rhian Malin Workshop



Rhian Malin offers a workshop: Throwing (19th March 10am-1pm) and Turning (20th March 2.30pm-5.30pm) with Porcelain. She'll also be giving a demo on how she throws her bottles! People must be able to attend both dates. Book online at www.theceramicsstudio.co.uk
It'll take place here:
The Ceramics Studio,
The Granary,
Ettington Park,
Alderminster,
Warwickshire,
CV37 8BT. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

pottery problems: dry hands

as almost everyone will know, at the end of a pottery session, all tided up and done, hands washed, you'll end up with dry hands, sometimes severely so. here's a simple recipe for a good all-purpose anti dry hands creme. it's cheap, easy to make and you have all control over the ingredients.

disclaimer: i'm no doctor so don't sue me, this is just for dry hands and - don't google your rash - but instead if you feel something weird is going on and your skin is looking odd and see your doctor.

recipe:
the ingredients for this creme are fairly simple, you need sheabutter and almond oil. the proportion is approx 60% sheabutter and 40% almond oil. this can be changed depending on preference. you can also use any other oil. what you do is the following: you put the sheabutter in a jar and the jar with the butter into a hotwaterbath to melt the butter. once the butter is molten (it'll look like on the image), you add the almond oil and stirr it all a bit. it'll look like this. it looks no different in colour bc the almond oil is the same colour as molten sheabutter:


then leave it alone, it needs about an afternoon to get solid again and it'll look like this:


finished.
costs: less than a fiver. the jar is 3,5 inch in diameter. the creme reaches 2 inch in height from the bottom of the jar, i used a bit more than 100g of sheabutter and the proportional amount of almond oil. 1kg of organic sheabutter is about a tenner, costs of almond oil can vary.