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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!

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Studio Visit: Ulrich Schumann, Berlin, Germany

Posted On August 12, 2011 0 Comments

It’s not easy to make large work, and it’s even harder to make a living
making large work, but the right tools, the right circumstance, and the
right perspective can help.

Dinner plates, bowls and side plates, porcelain xyz...

A Family Affair: How One Pottery Family Makes it Work

Posted On June 27, 2011 6 Comments

What could be better than making a living doing what you love? How about making a living doing what you love with the people you love most? That’s precisely the story behind Free Ceramics in Helena, Montana. About three years ago, Emily Free Wilson, her husband Matt Wilson, and her brother Bobby decided to join forces and make a go of it in the pottery business as a family. In today’s post, an excerpt from the June/July/August 2011 Working Potters issue of Ceramics Monthly, Emily, Matt, and Bobby tell the Free Ceramics story.

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The Hourly Earnings Project: A Working Potter Spends a Year With a Stopwatch and a Calculator

Posted On June 1, 2011 36 Comments

It’s not as important to calculate what you should make per hour as what you actually make per hour. Having a starting place will help you make good decisions—and it may even make you feel better about how you spend your time.

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Bonus Monday Pottery Video: A Visit to Lisa Bone’s Pottery Studio

Posted On May 9, 2011 51 Comments

Today, in a special bonus Monday video, we are sharing one of the honorable mentions from our Studio Tour Video Contest. In this video, Ceramic Arts Daily reader Lisa Bone gives a tour of her studio and shares some of the tools she uses to make her studio more efficient and ergonomic. Happy Monday!

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Essential Guidelines for a Safe and Healthy Pottery Studio

Posted On April 27, 2011 24 Comments

Recently, a team from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed a Health Hazard Evaluation on a pottery shop and came away with a series of recommendations that can (and should) be applied in even the smallest of home studios. Their findings and recommendations for staying safe are included in the May 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly. In today’s post, I’m sharing the Studio Safety Reference from this guide. So read on and be safe!

Taguchi throws all of his work as “blanks,” with the walls thicker than desired, and the ridges fully encircling the forms. He then trims both the inside and outside surfaces on the wheel. The third and final step in forming is to partially remove sections of the ridges by hand. He uses a celadon glaze, and fires to cone 10 in reduction.

Studio Visit: Munemitsu Taguchi, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Posted On April 25, 2011 2 Comments

A potter in an urban setting is not as much of a contradiction as it once was—but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier. Taguchi’s secret: come to the studio, work hard, leave.

Studio Visit: Guillermo Cuellar, Shafer, Minnesota

Posted On March 14, 2011 1 Comment

Beginning his pottery career in his native Venezuela, a potter
figuratively and literally follows the work that resonates with him,
culminating in a move that affects his lifestyle as well as his

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Living the Dream: Potter Lorna Meaden Gives us a Glimpse into her Super Awesome Studio

Posted On March 7, 2011 18 Comments

Today, in a excerpt from the March 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Lorna gives us a peek into her 650-square-foot studio and tells us all about how she made it a reality. She also explains that the key to
keeping herself creatively charged is to balance her studio life with her life outside the studio.

Studio Visit: Brendan Tang, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Posted On January 17, 2011 0 Comments

It’s tough to be an extrovert in a basement, but this sculptor proves it is possible.

Studio Visit: Elizabeth Robinson Wiley, Rangely, Colorado

Posted On January 5, 2011 26 Comments

I am presenting an excerpt from Ceramics Monthly’s ever-popular Studio
Visit Series. This time Rangely, Colorado, potter Elizabeth Robinson
Wiley tells us all about her path to making a living in clay. I could
relate to this one because like me, Elizabeth discovered clay while
pursuing a degree in another field. But she got hooked on making pots
and the rest is history.