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Brenda Danbrook, The Australian National University: CM 2009 Undergraduate Showcase

Posted On August 12, 2009 3 Comments
Composition of Eight, 16 in. (41 cm) in height (tallest), wheel-thrown stoneware, iron glaze, soda fired to cone 10. Composition of Fourteen, 16 in. (14 cm) in height (tallest), wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain, wax resist glaze and soda glaze, fired to cone 10. Finding art within functional pottery has become my passion. I begin a… Read More »

Barbara Banfield, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning: CM 2009 Undergraduate Showcase

Posted On August 12, 2009 0 Comments
Ice bucket, 16 in. (41 cm) in height, soda-fired porcelain, 2009. Serving bowl, 14 in. (36 cm) in diameter, soda-fired porcelain, 2008. While at Sheridan College my focus has been to explore as much technique and process as possible. The challenging method of soda firing has captured my attention. The random atmosphere and the dynamic… Read More »

Ceramics Monthly, September 2009

Posted On August 12, 2009 0 Comments

Focus: College Clay

Sometimes we all like to think that it is the versatile nature of clay that encourages such a broad range of practice, but we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the instructors who encourage students to find their own voice in clay, without favoring a specific technique or stylistic approach. This happens in all sorts of instructional settings, but this month we are looking at the results of these educational efforts in colleges and universities.
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Angee Verzani-Dorcey, University of South Dakota: CM 2009 Undergraduate Showcase

Posted On August 12, 2009 3 Comments
3-Tier Cake, 15 in. (38 cm) in height, stoneware with slips and glaze, fired to cone 10, 2009. Bread tray, 18 in. (46 cm) in length, stoneware with slips and glaze, fired to cone 10, 2009. Conceptually, it is my intention to physically preserve a celebration, capture a moment, and honor the functional form. The… Read More »

Call for Entries! Ceramics Monthly to Feature Outstanding Ceramics Undergraduate Students in September 2009 Issue

Posted On June 15, 2009 3 Comments

It’s summer time and that means the deadline (June 30 – write it down!) is fast approaching for Ceramics Monthly’s Annual Undergraduate Showcase competition. So as a reminder for that deadline, and simply to show you some great work, I thought I would feature the showcased artists from last year’s inaugural competition in today’s post.

Working Backwards: Liz Zlot Summerfield

Posted On May 22, 2009 1 Comment
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 »

Striving for Perfection: Energy Efficiency and Combustion

Posted On May 20, 2009 0 Comments

To achieve complete combustion, the exact proportions of fuel and oxygen are required with nothing remaining. In a gas kiln firing this is often difficult to attain because of the many variables in fuel and oxygen (which is derived from the air) and the equipment used to mix the two.


Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2009

Posted On May 19, 2009 Comments Off on Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2009

Focus: Working Potters

Eight full-time working potters share their insights on making it in the pottery world, in the studio and in life.
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Panama Red Glaze, Cone 6 reduction

Mid-Range Reduction Firing: It’s Not Just Cooler, It’s Cool!

Posted On May 13, 2009 20 Comments

As John Britt points out in today’s post, firing to cone 6 reduction is cheaper, faster, and the results can be almost indistinguishable from high fire.

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.