I always find it fascinating to talk to other potters about how successful bodies of work came about. Victoria Christen started out as a sculptor, but after taking a break from sculpture and making some small pots, she came to realize that she really enjoyed the pace of making pots. She found it freeing to… 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.
In this article from the December 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly, David Bolton explains and demonstrates his use of vinyl sign masking to add depth and texture to his work. He cuts the masking with a (surprisingly affordable) sign cutter that hooks up to a computer just like a printer—but instead of printing it cuts… Read More »
Kansas City artist Ryan Fletcher collaborates with chefs and caterers to explore the use of ceramics in supporting the visual and functional aspects of serving food.
Handle pulling can be one of the most tedious and stressful parts of the functional pottery making process. That’s why many potters choose to handbuild handles for their pottery. And while handbuilt handles have a charm and beauty all their own, sometimes you just want that subtle flow and grace that a well-pulled handle offers.So… Read More »
There’s nothing quite like a nice, fresh-squeezed glass of orange juice. Despite what the orange juice commercials say, nothing in a carton beats fresh squeezed. And since it is gift giving (and therefore gift-making) season, I thought I would post a fun and easy technique for making a really great gift. Today, Dannon Rhudy shares… Read More »
Since it is Thanksgiving tomorrow, and many families will be coming together to reconnect, share a meal, and tell stories about holidays past, today I thought I would share this lovely article from Hannah Marshall, which was originally published in Ceramics Monthly. The daughter of potter Paul Eshelman, Hannah reminisces on growing up in clay…. Read More »
Since it is Veteran’s Day tomorrow, I thought I would share this story today involving war veterans and pottery. It’s the story of a project designed to help war veterans transition into civilian employment while tackling the monumental job of cataloging and preserving a backlog of artifacts uncovered during the construction of reservoirs from the… Read More »
Today’s post highlights the pottery of Matt Jones, the cover artist from the November 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Using local materials and decorative traditions, Matt’s work pays homage to the time when pottery played an important role in survival. Even the tools he uses exemplify this reverence for “our collective pottery past” as… Read More »
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. These forms were inspired by the practical desire to keep his furniture ring free and a spoon or snack close at hand. By extending the length of the saucer, Paul not only made these… Read More »
Most pottery supply stores carry a selection of cane handles for teapots. Those can be lovely, but, of course, these store-bought handles are not one of a kind. If you want to go completely one of a kind, you can make your own cane handles using binding cane and reed (available at craft stores). Sheila… Read More »