Despite the fact that our passion for clay runs deep, we were probably not born knowing we wanted to be ceramic artists. Many of us, stumbled upon clay (and our lives were forever changed!).
In today’s post, I am sharing an excerpt from the April 2015 Ceramics Monthly, which focuses on artists who took on ceramics after established careers in very different fields. Carolanne Currier explains how she came to clay from a career as an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and how her previous career informs her work.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Today we have the latest video from the oh-so talented Ayumi Horie. In this one, Ayumi talks about the importance of touch in this increasingly digitally focused world. You’ll also catch a glimpse into her unique “dry throwing” method, how she creates her match strikers, and a special surprise at around 3 minutes in (wait for it, wait for it). Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Hopefully you haven’t already learned this the hard way, but if you make and sell pots, you can’t afford to do a shoddy job on packing them for shipping. Early on in his career, Charlie Cummings, artist and proprietor of Charlie Cummings Gallery (www.claylink.com), shipped some pots to an exhibition and all of them arrived shattered. Once was all it took and now Charlie has a great system for packing work.
Today, in an excerpt from the March/April 2015 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Charlie shares his secrets to getting work from point A to point B in one piece.
Starting up a studio anywhere can be a real challenge – in an expensive city like Seattle even more so. But Deborah Schwartzkopf and George Rodriguez are two community-oriented artists who made it happen using innovative tools like Kickstarter and old-fashioned hard work. In today’s post, you’ll hear a little bit about their studio. For the rest of the article, check out the March 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly.– Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
It’s June, which means the Working Potters issue of Ceramics Monthly has hit the newsstands! I am always a fan of this issue because it gives a nice glimpse into how others (from all over the world) make this “studio potter thing” happen. In today’s post, Yasha Butler, an artist currently splitting her time between studios in two different countries, discusses how her nomadic lifestyle creates both logistical challenges and creative inspiration.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
PS. Read the rest of Yasha’s story, and see more images of her work in the June/July/August 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly.
Not sure what to use all those social-media platforms for? They’re great for finding ways to connect, share ideas, and build community. Adam Field has found ways to do all of this by organizing a ceramics scavenger hunt. In today’s post, on excerpt from the March 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Garth Johnson tells the story of Hide-N-Seekah! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
I often joke about the lovely views in my studio: the washer and dryer and ever present pile of laundry, the only slightly private basement toilet, you get the idea. So I like to post excerpts from Ceramics Monthly’s Studio Visit department from time to time so I can daydream about the day my studio ceases to be subterranean. In today’s post, British artist Matthew Chambers takes us on a virtual tour of his studio on the Isle of Wight.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
When Eric Serritella decided to move to North Carolina from New York, he had the conundrum that most of us face when moving – where to set up shop. He decided to rent space while he settles into the area, and he found another potter who was willing to oblige with a beautiful space. In today’s post, Susan and Eric share how they make their arrangement work for both of them, and give advice to others who contemplate working in a shared space. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
The Ceramics Monthly Working Potters issue is out! I always love this issue because I enjoy hearing other potters talk about how they got to wherever they happen to be in their careers. In this excerpt from not of the working potter articles, Nan Coffin tells about her journey, from her first hand built kick wheels and kilns, to the lovely San Diego studio where she works today. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Kenji Uranishi left the countryside of Japan in 2004 to set up shop in Brisbane, Australia and be with his Aussie girlfriend (now wife). His studio is small and sometimes it is necessary to spill over into the rest of the house – a challenge with two young boys! But he still manages to make his gorgeous delicate work. In today’s post, Kenji explains how he makes his small studio work for him.