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Ceramics Monthly, October 2012

Ceramics Monthly, October 2012

Posted On September 10, 2012 0 Comments

So, whether your baby step is taken with a circle-cutting band-saw jig and some scrap counter top, or it’s an actual step through a gallery door, take it with confidence—with the knowledge that it only feels awkward because it’s your first, and that it will teach you something, and that it will get easier very soon. Bigger steps are right around the corner. 
—Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly September 2012

Ceramics Monthly, September 2012

Posted On August 13, 2012 0 Comments

If you told someone it took you months to get that mug right, they may look at you as if they thought you were inept, and they might wonder why you would waste so much time at something you are clearly not very good at. Except that’s exactly how we get good, isn’t it? —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramic Sculptor Adrian Arleo Shares How She Made a Life in Clay

Posted On July 30, 2012 7 Comments

As a child I always enjoyed making things. It’s been part of my trajectory from the very beginning; I loved to draw, paint, sew, and create doodads with whatever was around. My family has a history of women artists, though it has only been my generation who has worked professionally at it.

June/July/August 2012 Ceramics Monthly

Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2012

Posted On May 16, 2012 0 Comments

Mostly, it’s because I think it’s just so satisfying to make use of what is at hand. I enjoy the labor of it; the physical effort required to change one object into raw material for the creation of another object is transformative not only for the material, but for my understanding of how the world fits together, of how many things we take for granted. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly May 2012

Ceramics Monthly, May 2012

Posted On May 6, 2012 0 Comments

We are all unsung in some way, just as we are lauded in others. And we will likely never be able to properly thank those who have been instrumental in guiding us, supporting us, and helping us realize our true potential. But remember, that’s not why they helped us in the first place, and the best way to acknowledge that assistance is to internalize that lesson of support and realize that you have tools that others need, whether it’s time, experience and expertise, advice, money, space, or perhaps just the acknowledgement of someone’s struggle along their own creative path. We work in studios, not in vacuums. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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April 2012 Ceramics Monthly

Ceramics Monthly, April 2012

Posted On March 15, 2012 0 Comments

We need passionate newbies; we do, in fact, want them to be fired up about clay. But once they are interested, and we have them in our clutches, and they have learned a subtle thing or two about the wonders of clay, then I think it is reasonable to expect that their vocabulary and manner of dialog reflect their level of knowledge—which is to say that they move from being fired up to becoming stoked, or centered (well, maybe not centered—that takes quite a while). —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly, March 2012

Posted On March 7, 2012 0 Comments

Many artists find themselves overcoming issues far more complex than sagging plates, and the creative process that is wrapped up in material, form, and technique is at the center of this kind of problem solving. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly, February 2012

Posted On March 7, 2012 0 Comments

Throughout the process of trying to make something new in the studio (a new rim on a plate in hopes that it will catch a runny glaze just right, a new foot on the bowls so they lift up rather than sit down), I cannot help but compare it to the development of ideas for a new column in the magazine. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly, January 2012

Posted On March 7, 2012 0 Comments

As we head into the 60th volume year of Ceramics Monthly, we look back at what was, realize how far we have traveled, and look forward to what will undoubtedly be an exciting year in studio ceramics. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Why Didn’t I Think of That? Pottery Tips, Tools, and Techniques from Ceramic Arts Daily Readers

Posted On November 30, 2011 22 Comments

Clay people have some darn impressive ingenuity when it comes to improving the efficiency of their processes. We get a lot of great studio tips sent to us from readers, and every month Ceramics Monthly publishes some of them in their Tips and Tools section. Since these tips were well received the last time I posted some, I thought I would share a few more. In fact, I think I will make these a semi regular feature.