Liberty Town Arts Workshop where I have studio space has a pottery shop that I am allowed use of. It's wonderful, I put anything I make on a shelf, come back and it's been fired and is sitting on the bisque shelf. I glaze it, put it on another shelf, come back and it's been fired again! Every year I make gnomes out of ginger bread dough at Christmas time. I make their beards with a garlic press. This year my husband changed the recipe to a tastier, chewy version. However it was not so good for my gnomes, they melted. So I decided it was time to make them out of clay. They have a copper oxide glaze. The whole process is magical!