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Five Great Pottery Wheel Throwing Techniques: Tips on Throwing Complex Pottery Forms Using Basic Throwing Skills

Posted On November 6, 2015 10 Comments

Full of great pottery techniques, as well as ideas you can apply to any pottery project, these step-by-step wheel-throwing instructions will help you improve your pottery throwing skills from concept through completion. For a tool that really does one thing (spins in a circle), the number of techniques and results possible on the pottery wheel are just astounding. Glenn Woods explains how to throw upside down for taller, trimmer pots. Billy Lloyd throws porcelain that look like it’s machine made, but the techniques you acquire trying to duplicate this technique means you’ll be able to tackle most any form in any style. Lyla Goldstein loves the concept of saucers and how they elevate the cup to a new level­. A great gift idea! And if you saw Yoko Sekino-Bové you’d admire how someone of small stature can make such large pieces, but that’s the secret she has to share. Finally, Doug Peltzman demostrates throwing a great teapot form, one of the most difficult challenges for potters.


Member Directory

Posted On July 22, 2015 0 Comments
Connect with Members Around the World Working in clay can sometimes be a solitary pursuit. But there are times that we need to share ideas, ask questions, search for solutions. There are times when we need a community of people who think like us, who feel like us, who love clay like us. That community… Read More »

Potters Pages

Posted On July 22, 2015 0 Comments
Join Potters Council to gain access to Potters’ Pages Newsletter   Potters’ Pages is the exclusive newsletter for Potters Council Members. The newsletter is released six times a year and is a great resource to potters and ceramic artists.   As a Potters Council Member, you would have the opportunity to advertise a workshop or… Read More »

Member Benefits NEW

Posted On July 22, 2015 0 Comments
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member portfolios

Posted On July 22, 2015 0 Comments

Ceramic Boundaries, Opened

Posted On June 17, 2015 0 Comments
    Mt. Vernon, Illinois October 23–25, 2015   Here are some of the creative skills that will be covered at this conference: Shift gears to get out of a creative rut Simplify your approach and get to the essence of your work Tap into tradition for what resonates with your passion Get specific about… Read More »

May 2015 Issue of Potters Pages

Posted On May 27, 2015 0 Comments

We have new board members—and they are awesome! Meet them in this issue. Here are some highlights:

  • Check out the work of members included in the 2015 Members Juried Show, as well as the winners of the K12 awards.
  • Read the letter from our Advisory Board Chair Kevin Crowe, and meet the rest of the incoming board members.

Making Pots for Food: From Kitchen to Table

Posted On May 15, 2015 0 Comments



Join Jennifer Allen, Mark Cole, Stan Irvin, and Robbie Lobell in Austin, Texas, at Armadillo Clay Company, for a weekend of demonstrations on pots for food!


Letter from the Editor June/July/August 2014

Posted On May 12, 2014 0 Comments

Being the editor of Ceramics Monthly has become a significant part of my personal identity, and stepping away from that will introduce a bit of uncertainty into my life. Luckily, I’m not actually leaving the building, and I’ll get to continue to work with all of the same incredible people who make this magazine (and everything else we do here) happen on a daily basis. I have no doubt the magazine will be in good hands, because one of those people is Jessica Knapp, and she will now bring her expertise and knowledge to these pages in her own way, and that is exciting.
—Sherman Hall, Editor.

Letter from the Editor May 2014

Posted On April 8, 2014 0 Comments

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.