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Functional Pottery

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.


GraphicPower: Terry Gess Makes His Mark

Posted On October 7, 2009 0 Comments

Over the past thirty years, Terry Gess has developed a
personal logic that allows him to engage fully with the world around him. The
short version of the story is this: Whole life, whole potter. The long version
has to do with learning how to see, touch, and hear the nuances of daily life,
then intuit a light-handed, rich response through clay.

Daniel Johnston Dreams Big

Posted On September 15, 2009 0 Comments

Daniel Johnston does not blush about his humble beginnings, nor will he turn his back on the historical influences that shaped who he is today. In fact, by way of introduction, he insists on announcing his genealogy in clay. “I have been trained in the Leach, Cardew and Hewitt school of making pots,” his artist statement and our interview begin. Bernard Leach is widely recognized as the grandfather of studio pottery in the United States and Michael Cardew was Leach’s student. From 1997 to 2001, Johnston apprenticed with Mark Hewitt, a student of Cardew’s. As Johnston began to navigate from 
these influences toward a voice of his own, an additional triumvirate of geographical influences came together: England, Thailand, and North Carolina.

Working Potters Series: Using the Internet as a Marketing and Sales Tool for Your Pottery Business

Posted On July 8, 2009 6 Comments

A couple of months back, we posted a sneak preview of from the 
Ceramics Monthly Working Potters issue (which is on newsstands now!).
In it, Paul Eshelman and Diana Fayt discussed how they have built
successful careers as studio potters. Well, we received a lot of good feedback on that one from folks who
are trying to do the same. So, we thought we should just go ahead and
make this a series on Ceramic Arts Daily. Today, as part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Naomi Cleary shares her approach to the handmade pottery business.

Working Backwards: Liz Zlot Summerfield

Posted On May 22, 2009 0 Comments
with Cut Paper Templates by Liz Zlot Summerfield Avocado Floral and Striped Butter Dish, 6 in. (15 cm) in length, handbuilt earthenware, terra sigillata, glaze, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, luster, 2008.   Cream, Sugar and Milk Set with Brick, 12 in. (30 cm) in length.   Floral and White Striped Box, 3 ½… Read More »

Mark Hewitt: Working Potter

Posted On May 1, 2009 1 Comment

As part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Mark Hewitt shares his approach to the handmade pottery business.

Diana Fayt: Working Potter

Posted On April 22, 2009 1 Comment

As part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Diana Fayt shares her approach to the handmade pottery business.

Paul Eshelman: Working Potter

Posted On April 1, 2009 0 Comments

As part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Paul Eshelman shares his approach to the handmade pottery business.

Kathryn Finnerty: Working Potter

Posted On March 22, 2009 0 Comments

As part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Kathryn Finnerty shares her approach to the handmade pottery business.

On the River Through the Valley of Fire: The Collaborative Ceramics of Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman

Posted On March 1, 2009 0 Comments

Two potters with well-established careers and reputations have been collaborating for almost three decades. An exhibition, book and DVD celebrate this partnership.

Simon Levin: Working Potter

Posted On February 1, 2009 0 Comments

As part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Simon Levin shares his approach to the handmade pottery business.