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Letter from the Editor January 2015

Posted On December 11, 2014 0 Comments

Installing ceramic vessels or sculptures in an exhibition space can be tricky. It’s something many of us deal with when showing work, so the editorial staff decided to focus this issue on a few different artists who create installations and larger compositions with functional work.

Letter from the Editor December 2014

Posted On November 11, 2014 0 Comments

The editorial staff asked these five artists a series of questions that covered both the practicalities of designing and making sets meant for use, and the ideas that drive each artist to create these kinds of pieces. The artists also share details about their studio process along with slip and glaze recipes.-Jessica Knapp, editor.

Letter from the Editor November 2014

Posted On October 13, 2014 0 Comments
Regeneration The busy fall publication schedule that includes the Ceramic Arts Yearbook (which subscribers will receive along with this issue) means that we have four press deadlines that fall within the same 30-day time frame. Of course there is a lot of prep work that goes in before that time, but the focused attention on… Read More »

Letter from the Editor 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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Letter from the Editor 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. Like Sherman, my experience in our field is as both a maker as well as an editor. It’s a privilege to come to work and research different artists, exhibitions, events, and technical topics in my chosen field. It’s also a great environment because I work with an editorial and production team made up of people who also have backgrounds in ceramics. –Jessica Knapp, editor.

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Jessica Knapp peels away the graffito paper from a piece of pottery.

Carbon Copy: Transfer Paper Makes it Easy to Transfer Customized Underglaze Images

Posted On July 2, 2014 12 Comments
From screenprinting to decals, there are many ways to transfer imagery onto pottery. There’s a nifty commercial product out now, which acts kind of like a rice paper decal, only you can customize the image. Graffito Paper, as it’s called, is kind of like the clay world’s equivalent to carbon paper. Basically, you lay the… Read More »

Using Glaze Additives to Make Average Glazes Great

Posted On March 31, 2014 5 Comments

Sometimes the glazes we use are good for one purpose, but not so good for another. A glaze might perform well when dipping or pouring, but dry so quickly when brushed the it’s nearly impossible to get an even coat. Glaze additives are the secret ingredients that can help remedy these problems. In today’s post, from the PMI archives, our own Jessica Knapp puts additives to the test. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

p.s.-This article appeared in the November/December 2011 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated. To buy this back issue in PDF format, click here!


15 Low-Fire Glaze Recipes from the Pros: Recipe Cards for Low Fire Pottery Glazes

Posted On August 12, 2013 3 Comments

Good news for those of you who use earthenware and low-fire glazes in your studio! We’ve gathered some of our favorite earthenware glaze recipes in a convenient recipe-card format, perfect for printing and taking to the pottery studio. If you are interested in building a collection of beautiful low-fire ceramic glazes, or adding variety to the one you already have, you’ve found the perfect resource. If you’ve been looking for a new low fire glaze recipe to use as a base glaze for functional work or for some different surfaces in the low fire temperature range, here’s a great assortment of low fire glazes to start with, from textured to matt, and from majolica to glossy transparent glazes. If you already have a repertoire of glazes and want to mix it up a bit, try out a few of these. Adding different colorants to the glaze bases extends the possibilities for new discoveries even further.

se Pyrofoto to transfer high-contrast images to glaze-fired pieces. It was successful with glazes and underglazes, applied over glossy to satin surfaces. The fired result can be muted, as in the example above here, or more vibrant, depending on the amount of colorant added to the glaze.

Image Transfer with Pyrofoto: Another Cool Way to Put Images on Pottery

Posted On August 15, 2011 17 Comments

There are various processes for transferring images to clay, from photocopy transfers, silkscreening and stencils, to laser transfer decals and commercially made decals. Pyrofoto is a product that works with the traditional photography concepts of exposing a surface to light through a negative, then developing, processing, and fixing the image. Our own Jessica Knapp put Pyrofoto to the test, and in today’s post, she tells us all about the process and her results.


Microwave Kilns: Great Tools for Testing Low-Fire Lusters, Enamels, and China Paints

Posted On November 22, 2010 19 Comments

Many people know that a microwave oven can be used to dry clay quickly when you’re in a pinch. Dielectric heating (the type used in a microwave oven) is also used in industry to fire ceramics for high-tech applications. This option is also available on a small scale to the studio potter, at least for firing tests and small objects using a microwave kiln. In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest free download the 2011 Buyers Guide to Ceramic Arts Supplies: A Studio Reference for Purchasing and Using Ceramic Supplies and Pottery Tools, Jessica Knapp tells you all about this alternate use for old microwaves!