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Ceramic Arts 2015 Yearbook

Posted On October 29, 2014 0 Comments

Welcome to the Ceramic Arts 2015! 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 2015 also looks to future and includes information about must-see events and the latest color trends for next year.


We hope that Ceramic Arts 2015 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.

—Jessica Knapp, Editor, Ceramics Monthly, and Holly Goring, Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated.

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In the Potters Kitchen

Posted On October 28, 2014 0 Comments
  Gravy with a Twist     In the November/December issue, Sumi von Dassow returns to show us how to put a twist on the traditional gravy boat. This is a simple technique you’ll master in no time and it can surely be applied to numerous wheel-thrown projects. Plus, Sumi includes a delicious gravy recipe… Read More »

Pottery Making Illustrated November/December 2014

Posted On October 17, 2014 0 Comments
  • Bill Wilkey’s thrown and altered sugar jars
  • Sean O’Connell’s guide to making multiples
  • Nancy Gardner’s whimsically decorated low-fire bowls
  • Sarah Jaeger’s elegantly simple baking dish.



  • Striped colored-clay platers Screen printing clay wall pieces Feldspar inclusions Commercial glazes on textured ceramics Kimegote ribs Gravy boats Japanese tea bowl feet.

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Pottery Making Illustrated September/October 2014

Posted On August 18, 2014 0 Comments

With this issue we showcase artists who excel at finishing. Adero Willard (pg. 22) shows you how to apply organic patterns next to geometrical ones to develop complex surfaces similar to quilting, Marcia Selsor (pg. 13) rediscovers the nearly lost art of Obvara-style raku firing for stunning results that you actually can control, Anthony Merino (pg. 29) teaches you how to map a patterned grid onto a rounded vessel, and Deanna Ranlett (pg. 6) explores some amazing commercial glaze combinations. We also have conical forms, pie plates, sprig design, and bonsai pots. And if you’re having trouble finishing what you started or are just plain stuck, check out Lisa Naples’ (pg. 35) tips for recharging and getting back in the studio. So go start something and finish it too!.—Holly Goring, Editor.

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Pottery Making Illustrated July/August 2014

Posted On June 17, 2014 0 Comments

Hello. I have the best job in the world. I spend my days looking at ceramics and ceramic making techniques then deciding which projects to share with you. As I’ve learned working on the magazine for the past six years, creative processes (both in the studio and in the office) happen in many different ways. While I do spend more time talking about ceramics than making it these days, the end result is still very satisfying and my hands still feel as though they’ve been making something for others to enjoy. —Holly Goring, Editor

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Pottery Making Illustrated May/June 2014

Posted On April 22, 2014 0 Comments

The time has come for a transition here at Pottery Making Illustrated as I’ve decided to retire, hang up my editor’s hat, and get back into the studio. I’ve had a chance to look back and reflect on the first 95 issues of the magazine, and am amazed at what’s been covered in the world of pottery techniques. From the simple to the complex and the traditional to the experimental, artists from around the world have generously shared their information with enthusiastic readers such as you, and their techniques have been preserved for years to come.—Bill Jones, Editor.
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Pottery Making Illustrated March/April 2014

Posted On February 17, 2014 0 Comments

When it comes to setting fire to your creativity, nothing works better than breaking a few rules. Why settle for repeating a tried-and-true technique when you can try something new that pushes you out of your comfort zone? Since Pottery Making Illustrated prides itself in uncovering the offbeat and unusual, you’ll enjoy some of the techniques in store with this issue.—Bill Jones, Editor.

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Groovy Ceramics: How to Use Scraps of Molding as Pottery Shaping Tools

Posted On January 8, 2014 25 Comments

When Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps at a local home center, his thoughts immediately went to “clay tool.” Today, Frank explains how he has turned these scraps into handy shaping tools for wheel throwing. Next time you’re at a lumberyard, ask for some of the scraps and try them out


Pottery Making Illustrated January/February 2014

Posted On December 18, 2013 0 Comments

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.

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Pottery Making Illustrated November/December 2013

Posted On October 22, 2013 0 Comments

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.

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