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Ceramics Monthly October 2013

Posted On September 10, 2013 0 Comments

Now, I’m not trying to start a discussion on the relative merits and comparisons between wheel throwing and handbuilding, or recommend against using tools, or suggest that those of us who have more of our actual hands in the clay are better or more informed or more satisfied in some way than others, but I do think there is something nice about being reminded after several years in clay of the reason I first got into it—the amazement at the things one can do with just hands and clay.—Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly September 2013

Posted On August 12, 2013 0 Comments

So this is our “back to work” issue. For many, it’s the “back to school” issue, and for that reason, we use it to showcase undergraduate work, as well as review the NCECA “National Student Juried Exhibition.” And in the spirit of traditional as well as nontraditional education, we posed a question to Mark Shapiro, one of our editorial advisory board members: “What is one of the things (advice, technique, philosophy) you’ve learned from a mentor or instructor that has been surprisingly invaluable?” You can check out his answer on the last page of this issue.—Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly June/July/August 2013

Posted On May 10, 2013 0 Comments

Things have changed, as they always tend to do. Once upon a time, this would have been the issue in which I would be writing about all the upcoming fairs and festivals, where the bulk of most professional clay folks’ income was generated. While that still holds true for some, it’s a progressively smaller part of how makers make a living.

—Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly May 2013

Posted On April 11, 2013 0 Comments

We are reminded that there is a lot of very good work being made by folks just coming into their own, and we always end up with a renewed sense of excitement and anticipation about what studio ceramics will have in store for us in the coming year. It’s not that we don’t pay attention to those who are “emerging” throughout the year, but it’s nice to see so many all at once.

—Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly April 2013

Posted On March 12, 2013 0 Comments

What would I make? Exactly what I’m making. I’ve made my choices, and the work I make is the result of those choices. I think this is true for all of us, whether we’re in full-time production or making one-offs on a very part-time schedule.

—Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly March 2013

Posted On February 14, 2013 0 Comments

We all wear many hats (or jackets, or aprons, as the case may be), and I think the primary concern for me is not so much the size of your pottery hat, but simply that you have one.

—Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly February 2013

Ceramics Monthly, February 2013

Posted On January 14, 2013 0 Comments

I think we may see as much development in studio ceramics in the next 10 years as we’ve seen in the last 60, and that is more exciting than it is daunting, more hopeful than it is ominous. And for us, at the end of the day, it’s really still just the basic material of mud in our hands that inspires us to create—which is why it’s worth exploring for another 60 years. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly, January 2013

Ceramics Monthly, January 2013

Posted On January 1, 2013 0 Comments

So, as we move forward through the gauntlet of digital content delivery, print delivery, studio work, social-media planning, website building and maintenance, and all the other various and sundry “opportunities” out there, it’s nice to be able to kick back once in a while with a nice pot of tea and appreciate the real reason for all of our publishing celebrations, regardless of medium or form factor—objects made of clay that bring joy into our lives. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramic Arts 2013 Yearbook and Annual Buyers Guide

Ceramic Arts 2013 Yearbook and Annual Buyers Guide

Posted On December 31, 2012 0 Comments

Welcome to the Ceramic Arts 2013! This publication, supplied as a supplement to all Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated subscribers, looks back over the past year and highlights the clay events and people that have made news in the ceramic art field. Ceramic Arts 2013 also looks to future and includes information about must-see events and the latest color trends for next year.

We hope that Ceramic Arts 2013 serves as a resource you’ll want to read right away and also keep on hand both for its timeliness and its timelessness. Be sure to drop us a line and tell us what you think—we’d love to hear.

                   —Sherman Hall, Editor, Ceramics Monthly, and 
                      Bill Jones, Editor, 
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Ceramics Monthly, December 2012

Ceramics Monthly, December 2012

Posted On November 6, 2012 0 Comments

In this issue, we’ve asked several makers to describe not only their process for making one of their functional pieces, but the value they hope their work carries that is beyond its basic function—and we hope you value their efforts as much as we do.—Sherman Hall, Editor

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