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Ceramics Monthly October 2014

Posted On September 9, 2014 0 Comments

I think that for most ceramic artists, some of this collected work reminds us of the maker, who is also a friend, mentor, or someone we’re inspired by (a.k.a. a ceramic crush). Some pieces are great for dinner parties, while others are our daily companions. As makers, I think we are so lucky to have this cross-over experience, of both understanding how something is created, and understanding the important role that handmade objects play. They make experiences and our environment special, they connect us to others, make us think, and inspire us in the studio.–Jessica Knapp, editor.

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Ceramics Monthly September 2014

Posted On August 12, 2014 0 Comments

The September issue always feels a little bit like the first day of a new school year for me as we get back into the rhythm of the monthly magazine schedule. This year I feel that way even more so, as I step into my new role as editor.

—Jessica Knapp, Editor.

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Ceramics Monthly June/July/August 2014

Posted On May 12, 2014 0 Comments

In this issue, we cover the careers of several working potters who have either transitioned into life as a working artist from another career or from school, apprenticeships, and internships within the last 10 years or so. Their paths are varied and provide insight into both the satisfaction and stress of making a living in clay. —Sherman Hall, Editor.

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Ceramics Monthly May 2014

Posted On April 15, 2014 0 Comments

But there is, at the end of the day, a larger issue that we all have in common—like the weather—that influences how we approach ceramics, and that is how to find a way to ignore all of these details and just focus on our clay work and produce work that we are proud of and that represents us in the world—which, after all, is the start and end of all of this. We have this question in common, but the solutions are as different as each of us. One of the most encouraging signs I see that indicates people are able to address this concern is that we continue to see talented, dedicated people entering the field and making work that is personal, refined, and honest. Take a look through this year’s Emerging Artists (starting on page 45) and I think you’ll agree. For some of them, the answer is finding residencies that will allow them time and space to focus on their work, for some it’s making the most of whatever bits of time and space they can carve out at home. Regardless of the specifics, it’s clear that each of them has made a conscious choice to make clay a priority in their lives. —Sherman Hall, Editor.

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Ceramics Monthly April 2014

Posted On March 10, 2014 0 Comments

In putting our last issue together, focused on Masters in Clay, and receiving great feedback and suggestions from you about your influences and those who you feel deserve coverage of a similar type, I began reflecting more intentionally on what really influences me in the studio. What came from that was an understanding that it’s individuals as much as their work that provide inspiration, information, and understanding.—Sherman Hall, Editor.

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Ceramics Monthly March 2014

Posted On February 11, 2014 0 Comments

In this issue, we’re introducing a new, once-in-a-while article format that focuses on those who have considerable legacies in our field, and discusses the impact of those legacies directly. In no particular order, and by no particular ranking, we are including Warren MacKenzie, John Mason, and Karen Karnes in this (let’s call it the kick off) issue. There are many individuals who we could, and will, be covering from this perspective, and we are of course open to your suggestions for who some of those folks might be. —Sherman Hall, Editor. 

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Ceramics Monthly February 2014

Posted On January 13, 2014 0 Comments

In this issue, among our usual fare, we will talk about the approach to ceramic design some have taken, and look at the resulting work so you can make up your own mind. —Sherman Hall, Editor.

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Ceramics Monthly January 2014

Posted On December 9, 2013 0 Comments

The January issue, for me, is always exciting. It’s the beginning of a new volume year of the magazine, and while we adjust and make improvements throughout the year, this issue is the one where it makes the most sense to implement new ideas and shuffle things just a bit more than usual. —Sherman Hall, Editor.

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Ceramics Monthly December 2013

Posted On November 11, 2013 0 Comments

As one year draws to a close and another approaches, one thing I like to consider is—well—the coming year. I’ve mentioned here before the fact that “magazine time” runs at least three months in the future, and that we’re constantly looking ahead to what is coming next (or after next, more accurately). And when one does that, suddenly spring of 2014 does not seem that far away, which I think is a very nice thought, don’t you? So, in going through this exercise, we are reminded that there are several opportunities for readers and others to contribute their work and their events to Ceramics Monthly. —Sherman Hall, Editor.

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Ceramics Monthly November 2013

Posted On October 18, 2013 0 Comments

The best possible outcome in seeing these half-finished projects is that we rediscover something we could not understand at the time, but now have the necessary tools or insight to complete, and so a reinvigorating adventure begins. Of course, you or I may not have those insights or tools, but hopefully in these cases we’re wise enough to think hard before just disregarding something that was previously discounted or relegated to the status of one-time diversion.—Sherman Hall, editor.


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