With the new year, I’m looking forward trying new things on a regular basis and maybe trying to perfect some of the techniques that worked well in years past. Maybe you could try a lot of new things in the coming year and don’t worry about making mistakes along the way. It’ll be worth it.— Bill Jones, editor.
This issue of Pottery Making Illustrated provides a number of creative ways to keep from growing old. Marion Peters Angelica’s wine stems provide a creative alternative to glassware, and her directions are really clear (love those labels!). Chandra DeBuse’s treat server opens the door for a lot of playful activity, and her idea for making puffy forms can be used on a wide variety of serving pieces. You’ll also have fun trying out the masking tape resist on terra sigillata surfaces, making a silkscreen, creating a chess set, starting a glaze pantry, cooking in a micaceous bean pot or playing with the different Japanese tea bowl shapes in “Pottery Illustrated.” So don’t just sit there and grow old—start playing!—Bill Jones, Editor.
Whether you’re constantly working in the studio or an occasional dabbler, there’s something for everyone in this issue. While every technique requires some getting used to, just remember to try, try, again and success will surely come your way.- Bill Jones, editor.
If there’s one thing I really like about making pottery, it’s that it’s pretty much remained the same over the past few thousand years. Yes, we have better clays and glazes and we can even track our firings on an iPhone, but throwing and handbuilding just haven’t changed all that much. However, some things do change, and in that vein we’re pleased to announce that the future has arrived and the new tablet version of Pottery Making Illustrated is now available (if link does not work, check back in a couple of days). Check it out and catch all the features!
—Bill Jones, Editor
With spring just around the corner, there’s still time to get some more quality studio time in before we’re lured outside with gardening activities or spring cleaning. In this issue we feature a some handbuilding techniques using pre-formed slabs and templates for a large pinch-and-coil project along with techniques for spraying glaze, making a baker and more. -Bill Jones, Editor
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I love making pottery and I love Pottery Making Illustrated, and it seems like only a short time has passed since we began publishing. When we started, the Internet was still fairly new, and Facebook and Twitter were not even on the horizon. What’s in store for the next 15 years? Will you still be reading PMI in printed form or will you receive it as a hologram with potters demonstrating in front of you on the wheel in your studio? It’s amazing when you think about how ancient pottery making is and how it now resides side-by-side in an ultra-modern world that changes every time you turn around.
Things change, then again, some things don’t.
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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, Pottery Making Illustrated
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This issue of Pottery Making Illustrated completes our fifteenth year of publication of providing creative opportunities for clay lovers all over the world. From our humble beginnings in 1998, we’ve seen hundreds of great ideas pass through these pages, and each one an opportunity for creativity and discovery. We’re glad you’re here to catch the action and try out something new, and we’re sure you’ll love the opportunities we have in store for you in 2013—hopefully nothing too insurmountable. —Bill Jones, Editor