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Open Studios

Welcome to the Open Studios section of Ceramic Arts Daily! If you enjoy visiting other ceramic artists' studios or going on open studio tours, you've come to the right place. The posts in this section take you inside the garages, barns, basements, lofts, closets, warehouses, and porches that serve as studios for potters and ceramic sculptors of all stripes. Think of them as open studio tours on the web! And, be sure to download your free copy of the 2012 Ceramic Arts Buyers Guide: A Ceramic Studio Supply Resource so you can find out where to get all the things you need in your studio!


From Junk Yard to Bright Renovated Cottage: A Visit to Diana Seidel’s Studio

Posted On March 24, 2014 2 Comments

It is so interesting to me to hear the paths artists follow to build their careers in clay. Diana Seidel’s is a particularly fun story. Today, Diana shares her story, from a studio in a junkyard that was built with whatever she could find to a renovated cottage behind her home. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


A Visit to Ben Carter’s Shanghai Pottery Studio

Posted On October 29, 2012 3 Comments

Today I’m excited to let you know about a great new workshop offering from the Potters Council and Ceramic Arts Daily: One-day workshops with master artists. If you’re looking for an in-depth, intimate, inspirational workshop experience, these new workshops are for you (plus they come at a lower price point!). Held at our video studio here in Columbus, Ohio, the first of these workshops, Design for the Soft Surface, takes place January 19, 2013 and features artist Ben Carter. In today’s post, I thought I would share a virtual visit to Ben’s Shanghai ceramics studio so you can get to know him a little better! 


A Visit Across the Pond to Billy Lloyd’s Pottery Studio

Posted On July 23, 2012 4 Comments

Because my home studio is tucked into a corner of my basement, and always has been, I dream of a pottery studio with a view. For now I’ll try to stay patient with my view of the washer and dryer, but I can dream that some day I will have a studio with a view – a studio like Billy Lloyd’s studio. Housed in Cockpit Arts in London, England, Billy’s bright and tidy studio has a view of bustling southeast London and the river Thames. Plus, he is surrounded by artists and craftspeople of all disciplines – a constant source of inspiration. In today’s excerpt from the latest studio visit in Ceramics Monthly, Billy explains how he got there and how he makes certain he can stay there.


Working Potters Series: Linda Christianson Shares the Tale of her Adventurous Life in Pottery

Posted On June 25, 2012 8 Comments

For potter Linda Christianson, making pottery wasn’t a career, but more of a requirement that the rest of her life would just have to adjust to. In today’s post, Linda shares how did whatever it would take to make her life with pottery possible. From setting up a self service pottery shop at the end of her driveway, to living in a rent-free farmhouse with no heat or electricity, Linda shares how her determination and hard work lead her to the successful way of life she has today.


Working Potter Mark Knott Shares his Secrets to Success in Pottery

Posted On May 23, 2012 6 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the Ceramics Monthly’s Working Potter series, successful potter Mark Knott shares his approach to the handmade pottery business.


Ceramic Sculptor Ben Ahlvers Explains How He Balances a Full-time Job, a Studio Career, and Being a Father to Three Boys

Posted On April 30, 2012 5 Comments

To say the very least, as a mother of ONE small boy with a full time job and a strong desire to make work, I am pretty much in awe of Ben Ahlvers’ ability to balance studio time, full time work and family. In today’s post, he explains how he manages to make it all come together (without completely losing his mind). I am going to try some of his strategies to make it all work (without completely losing my mind).


A Visit to Eric Boos’ Prescott Arizona Ceramic Studio

Posted On January 30, 2012 1 Comment

After ceramic artist Eric Boos became an (almost) empty nester, he bought some land and designed and built a house and 625-square-foot studio. Even with all that space, he realized he could have made it twice as big, and still filled it to the gills. But that’s okay because it helps him “edit” his work. In today’s post, Eric tells us all about his super awesome space. 

Photo of Adam Field and Heesoo Lee in their Durango Colorado pottery studio.

Clay Couple Adam Field and Heesoo Lee Discuss the Challenges and Rewards of Sharing a Studio and Profession

Posted On January 2, 2012 0 Comments
  After spending many years living the nomadic life that many potters are familiar with, Adam Field and Heesoo Lee decided to settle down in Durango, Colorado. There they set up their dream home studio.   In today’s post, Adam and Heesoo explain how having two working artists (plus two young children!) in one family… Read More »
Daniel Ricardo Teran's sweet studio.

A Visit to the Philadelphia Pottery Studio of Daniel Ricardo Teran

Posted On November 9, 2011 12 Comments

Okay. I admit it. I am jealous. I am painfully, achingly, colossally jealous of Daniel Ricardo Teran’s studio space. Who wouldn’t be? It’s spacious, flooded with light, has cool architectural details, high ceilings, etc.… But despite the fact that my jealousy seems to be a continuing theme of  these studio visit posts, I still enjoy them. I think it is inspiring to see how people make their lives in clay happen. And so, today I am sharing this virtual trip to Daniel’s studio.


A Visit to Lisa Orr’s Austin Texas Pottery Studio

Posted On September 26, 2011 13 Comments

I am a big fan of Ceramics Monthly’s Studio Visit series. Today’s post is the Studio Visit from the October 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Lisa Orr tells us all about her Austin, Texas, studio and the successful business she runs out of it.