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 hands of beer aficionados. In today’s post, our own Forrest Gard shares the story of the PGC and explains the benefits of their sweet ceramic growlers. I thought it was a fun post for a day that often involves imbibing on some sort of alcoholic beverage! Enjoy…and celebrate responsibly! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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.
In today’s post, an excerpt from our brand-new free download Contemporary Pottery: Functional and Conceptual Considerations for Handmade Pottery, Gay Smith explains how to think about pottery design from the perspective of the end users and how they see handmade pottery fitting into their lives —- and their cupboards.
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 to town to film a 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 a couple years back. Lorna’s pots have a lovely combination of elegant ornamentation with more jovial elements such as the harlequin-esque decoration or her chop mark – a casual “Lorn.” Read one to learn more about Lorna’s motivations and influences!
A potter establishes a line of ware to reflect her social values regarding how food is produced and consumed.
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 successful sale. I realized that I had never shared the story of this interesting project in the CAD blog, so I thought I would today, along with a video from the sale. Plus, you can check out Daniel’s methods for constructing and glazing these monster pots right here.
The Pots Behind the Mask: Using Vinyl Masking and Sandblasting to Create Textured and Patterned Wood-Fired Pottery
David Bolton uses vinyl sign masking that he cuts with a (surprisingly affordable) sign cutter (a device that hooks up to a computer just like a printer – instead of printing it cuts the image). To ad some depth and texture, David applies the masking, sandblasts the surface, and then applies the underglaze. And he finishes it all off with the unpredictable surface that only an atmospheric firing can create.