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