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Ceramics Monthly Guide to Materials and Glazes

Posted On November 17, 2015 Comments Off on Ceramics Monthly Guide to Materials and Glazes



Since it was first published in 1953, a primary goal of Ceramics Monthly magazine has been to illustrate and explain the technical aspects of ceramic art so that an individual in a studio has a high chance for success. This book has been compiled from years of technical explanation and reference material from Ceramics Monthly, and will help you interpret results in your own studio, assess recipes from others for possible use, and pursue new ideas with knowledge and confidence. 

Letter from the Editor December 2015

Posted On November 13, 2015 0 Comments
Do you choose a specific handmade bowl from the cupboard based on what you’re going to put in it? I do. I bring up bowls specifically as they get used the most out of any dishes at my home. There are bowls that are good for cereal (a narrower, steep-sided, thin-walled form with a well-defined… Read More »

Letter from the Editor November 2015

Posted On October 13, 2015 0 Comments
Most artists’ work changes throughout their careers. The reasons vary (for example: time spent away from the studio, a need for a challenge, an interest in exploring or learning something new, a studio/home move, or a shift in physical capabilities), but the way each artist negotiates these decisions about their work is fascinating and instructive…. Read More »

Letter from the Editor October 2015

Posted On September 11, 2015 0 Comments
As people who work with clay, we know the reasons that motivate us to go to the studio. As makers, we also understand the draw to buy handmade objects, both for the joy of using them and for the connection to the person who made them. I think it can sometimes be a bit harder… Read More »

Letter from the Editor September 2015

Posted On August 12, 2015 0 Comments

How do you develop and resolve an idea into a finished piece? This is the question we asked of the artists who submitted entries to our contest From Idea to Finished Form. Part of the inspiration for this contest came from discussing how learning, creativity, discovery, and idea development happen in ways other than through traditional educational models. Getting feedback is critical to all artists growth, and it can be hard to come by. In traditional classrooms, there are structures in place and relationships with peers and faculty that facilitate this. For artists interested in learning outside of traditional academia there are an increasing number of options, and we discuss some of those in this issue.–Jessica Knapp, editor.

Letter from the Editor June/July/August 2015

Posted On May 11, 2015 0 Comments

Working full time as a potter is a dream for a lot of people, and a reality for only some. It’s not an easy career path, even if it is a rewarding and creative one. Working artists in general were on my mind when I traveled to the Republic of Korea last week to attend the opening for the Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale (GICB). I was a member of the biennale’s International Committee, and in addition to the advisory work, and seeing the finalized exhibitions, I took part in a ceramics-focused tour. This gave me the opportunity to meet a few working potters in different parts of the country. We visited potters as they fired their wood kilns in Oegosan Onggi Village. We also had the chance to watch Heongyu Kim, who has made a living as a potter in Gyeongju for over 30 years, demonstrate how he uses traditional Onggi tools and techniques in his studio to make a variety of forms using earthenware clay. During our tour of Yido Ceramics in Yeoju, we met some of the many potters who worked in the small dinnerware factory and showroom. The six artists who are a part of this issue’s working potters focus write about how they have combined their studio know-how with business and marketing skills (learned from mentors or on the job) and personal strengths.

Letter from the Editor May 2015

Posted On April 14, 2015 0 Comments

In a way, each issue of Ceramics Monthly is about recognition, calling out artists for their achievements and ability, looking at the work and techniques, tools, and research that influence our field today. This issue focuses in on recognizing the achievements and skills of a narrower group within the field, that of our annual group of emerging artists. Choosing the artists is an immensely difficult but gratifying task. After all of the submissions are opened and processed, we bring them into a conference room in mail bins for the first round of selections. Each editor grabs a few bins, and sorts through the files, looking at images, and selecting submissions to consider further. We pass the bins around the table so that all submissions are seen and considered for the first round by everyone. As the pile of selected artists’ folders in the middle of the table grows, so does my curiosity and anticipation.  
–Jessica Knapp, editor.

Letter from the Editor April 2015

Posted On March 9, 2015 0 Comments

We all have clay in common. We find it at different times, sometimes early on, sometimes as a second career, and sometimes as our retirement gig. I have found that artists whose work most intrigues me often have very focused interests outside of the clay world, and sometimes outside of the world of visual art all together, whether it’s birdwatching, botany, machines, gourmet cooking, physics, or the science of nostalgia.

Letter from the Editor March 2015

Posted On February 10, 2015 0 Comments

At one end of the spectrum, design is a process that is part of what we all do in the studio when planning to make new work. We think up ideas, define the concepts that are important, sketch pieces (in our heads, out of clay on paper, on a computer) that fit our chosen criteria, then refine the forms. During this process, in addition to considering form, we consider use, context, and audience, as well as the right tools (whether familiar or new) for the job.


Letter from the Editor February 2015

Posted On January 13, 2015 0 Comments

Through my work at Ceramics Monthly, I also have the privilege of talking to and corresponding with a number of artists who have built significant legacies in the field of studio ceramics. We started covering some of these artists in a deliberate way in our March 2014 issue, and have included several articles on masters in the field in subsequent issues over the past year. In this issue we continue that focus as we talk to Robert Briscoe about life as a potter in our Spotlight department, and feature the work of Cary Esser, Cathi Jefferson, and Linda Sikora. Each of these artists have impressive careers as studio artists, teachers, and mentors, and share practical studio tips, recipes, and techniques with us.