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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!


Position Available with Potters Council

Posted On April 30, 2015 0 Comments
To begin employment in May, the Ceramic Publication Company is seeking a Potters Council Manager to oversee and operate our membership organization for enthusiast and professional potters.  This is a full-time position located in our Westerville, Ohio, headquarters office.   The Potters Council Manager will implement the strategy and tactics for reaching the goals of the Potters Council.  Manage… Read More »

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

Posted On November 10, 2014 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.

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.

Letter from the Editor April 2014

Posted On March 10, 2014 0 Comments

In putting our last issue together, focused on Masters in Clay, and receiving great feedback and suggestions from you about your influences and those who you feel deserve coverage of a similar type, I began reflecting more intentionally on what really influences me in the studio. What came from that was an understanding that it’s individuals as much as their work that provide inspiration, information, and understanding. Some of those represented here occupy a place in my life only through their work; others have had direct personal impact (and honestly, their work means more to me because of it). Regardless of that, all 10 of these cups play some significant part in my daily life. So this little game is meant to be interesting and fun, but it’s also intended as a way to connect my influences to you, through me and my work. Plus, I need a reason to get back in the studio and make some cups! And I hope that, as you sit in your studio making cups (or whatever you’re making), you create some mental space to focus on your own influences and those individuals who helped bring you to where you are now. Enjoy! —Sherman Hall, editor.

Letter from the Editor March 2014

Posted On February 11, 2014 0 Comments

But in this issue, we’re introducing a new, once-in-a-while article format that focuses on those who have considerable legacies in our field, and discusses the impact of those legacies directly. In no particular order, and by no particular ranking, we are including Warren MacKenzie, John Mason, and Karen Karnes in this (let’s call it the kick off) issue. There are many individuals who we could, and will, be covering from this perspective, and we are of course open to your suggestions for who some of those folks might be. – Sherman Hall, editor.

Letter from the Editor February 2014

Posted On January 13, 2014 0 Comments

In this issue, among our usual fare, we will talk about the approach to ceramic design some have taken, and look at the resulting work so you can make up your own mind. – Sherman Hall, editor.