For years, I lamented that my collection of handmade mugs was hidden away behind cabinet doors. Until finally I asked my woodworker friend Adrian to make me a cup shelf and he made me a beautiful cup shelf (see photo below).Finding a way to properly display a pottery collection is a conundrum that many potters… Read More »
If you are a functional potter, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find loads of articles on making functional pottery. Whether you enjoy coil building, slab work or throwing on the potter's wheel, you'll find a wealth of information on pottery techniques; from forming to finishing. And, if you haven't already, be sure to click on over to the Free Gifts section of the site to download your free copy of Contemporary Functional Pottery: A Discussion of Handmade Pottery by 11 Working Potters. It is a great learning tool for those interested in functional pottery. The projects are presented in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step format. The photos pretty much duplicate what you'd expect to see at a pottery workshop or a demonstration -- all the key steps are included. And if you're serious about functional pottery, don't miss Robin Hopper's seminal book Functional Pottery.
Collecting ceramics is more than just owning beautiful objects. It is also about gathering stories, following an artist’s growth, and fueling one’s intellectual curiosity. Dwight Holland, co-founder of the North Carolina Potter’s Conference, has quite a collection: literally thousands and thousands of pots. In today’s post, an excerpt from the October 2015 Ceramics Monthly, Dwight… Read More »
We’re pleased to have gwendolyn yoppolo return (remember her relish server in the Nov/Dec 2007 PMI). gwendolyn has a fascination with food and how we interact with it when it’s prepared and served. Through her diligent study of forms and functions, she creates beautiful handbuilt pieces that are easy to touch, easy to use and easy to look at.
The growler (jugs used to transport draft beer) trend is huge. In the last couple of years, two or three beverage establishments specifically focused on growlers have opened in my little neighborhood. Most growlers are made of glass, but the Portland Growler Company (PGC) is doing its part to get handmade ceramic growlers into the… Read More »
In today’s post, Paul Donnelly takes us through
his handle-making process. It’s a great alternative to pulled handles
because it cuts down on the mess and the drying time, and still makes
lovely, elegant handles. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Most potters spend a lot of time thinking about how things, particularly pots, function. Is the lip of this mug comfortable to drink from? Does this teapot spout dribble after pouring? But what does handmade pottery do when you are not using it? Gay Smith argues that it still has a function, which is to… Read More »
As part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Jennifer Allen shares her approach to the handmade pottery business.
A couple of months ago, potter Lorna Meaden came to town to film an instructional DVD. Post production is in full swing on that DVD now, and it’s looking like it will make its debut towards the end of July. To help whet your appetite, I thought I would share this article from Ceramics Monthly… Read More »
Can I use my current clay body for ovenware? What is flameware? Why do you use it? Why does it work? Can you use it in a microwave oven? How does it clean up, is it dishwasher safe? Can we use it on the grill or under the broiler? Do I have to heat… Read More »
A while back some beautiful large jars by North Carolina potter Daniel Johnston graced the cover of Ceramics Monthly (see cover here). At the time, Daniel was in the midst of a personal challenge to make 100 large jars in his wood-burning kiln. The challenge resulted in some remarkable pots and a wildly… Read More »