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As promised in my last letter, here are the initial results from my summer bottle-glass glaze test. 1 Procure several empty green bottles through whatever means seems best to you (I suggest enlisting the help of several friends). 2 Crush said bottles using a very heavy object (I used a sledge hammer in a bucket). 3 Screen the result through an 80-mesh sieve, mix that screened cullet (60%) with spodumene (20%) and EPK kaolin (20%), and fire to cone 6.

From the Editor, September 2012

Posted On August 10, 2012 0 Comments

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Ceramic Sculptor Adrian Arleo Shares How She Made a Life in Clay

Posted On July 30, 2012 7 Comments

As a child I always enjoyed making things. It’s been part of my trajectory from the very beginning; I loved to draw, paint, sew, and create doodads with whatever was around. My family has a history of women artists, though it has only been my generation who has worked professionally at it.

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More is More: The Elegant Yet Convivial Pottery of Lorna Meaden

Posted On July 4, 2012 6 Comments

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! 

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Cooking with Clay for Slow Food and a Healthy World

Posted On June 27, 2012 13 Comments

A potter establishes a line of ware to reflect her social values regarding how food is produced and consumed.

June/July/August 2012 Ceramics Monthly

Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2012

Posted On May 16, 2012 0 Comments

Mostly, it’s because I think it’s just so satisfying to make use of what is at hand. I enjoy the labor of it; the physical effort required to change one object into raw material for the creation of another object is transformative not only for the material, but for my understanding of how the world fits together, of how many things we take for granted. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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From the Editor, June/July/August 2012

Posted On May 16, 2012 0 Comments

Mostly, it’s because I think it’s just so satisfying to make use of what is at hand. I enjoy the labor of it; the physical effort required to change one object into raw material for the creation of another object is transformative not only for the material, but for my understanding of how the world fits together, of how many things we take for granted. —Sherman Hall, Editor

Ceramics Monthly May 2012

Ceramics Monthly, May 2012

Posted On May 6, 2012 0 Comments

We are all unsung in some way, just as we are lauded in others. And we will likely never be able to properly thank those who have been instrumental in guiding us, supporting us, and helping us realize our true potential. But remember, that’s not why they helped us in the first place, and the best way to acknowledge that assistance is to internalize that lesson of support and realize that you have tools that others need, whether it’s time, experience and expertise, advice, money, space, or perhaps just the acknowledgement of someone’s struggle along their own creative path. We work in studios, not in vacuums. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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From the Editor, May 2012

Posted On April 6, 2012 0 Comments

We are all unsung in some way, just as we are lauded in others. And we will likely never be able to properly thank those who have been instrumental in guiding us, supporting us, and helping us realize our true potential. But remember, that’s not why they helped us in the first place, and the best way to acknowledge that assistance is to internalize that lesson of support and realize that you have tools that others need, whether it’s time, experience and expertise, advice, money, space, or perhaps just the acknowledgement of someone’s struggle along their own creative path. We work in studios, not in vacuums. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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From the Editor, April 2012

Posted On April 4, 2012 1 Comment
I like to think that all of the clubs (or cliques) I belong to (officially or unofficially) consist of creative, insightful people. And it is for that reason that I must implore you—nay, beg you on my hands and knees—to never use the term fired up to refer to anything to do with ceramics ever… Read More »

From the Editor, March 2012

Posted On April 4, 2012 1 Comment
One thing you almost never hear potters say is that they like trimming plates. I can’t think of anyone I know whose reason for getting up and going to the studio every day is the prospect of removing half of the clay they just threw (if this is not how you trim plates, then you… Read More »