The eighth annual Hilltown6 Pottery Tour in the scenic Western Massachusetts hills takes place on July 26th and 27th. Nine nationally recognized potters, Christy Knox, Robbie Heidinger, Maya Machin, Michael McCarthy, Hiroshi Nakayama, Mark Shapiro, Eric Smith, Constance Talbot, and Sam Taylor, open their studios with bonus special invited guest artists and events. www.hilltown6.com for… Read More »
Common Ground on the Hill -The 20th “Traditions Weeks” Ceramics Classes. Week 1-June 29-July 4: Jane Osti (Cherokee Paddle-Stamped Pottery); Nick Corso (Creativity with Wood-Fired Clay). Week 2-July 6-11: Robert Strasser (Slip Trailing); Jeremy Wright (Wheel Throwing). Visit commongroundonthehill.org for more information or call (410)857-2771.
1350 sq. ft. studio built in 2008 on 10 acres in beautiful western NC- an area with a long history and love of pottery. Includes 1850 sq. ft. home, 3-stall horse barn with fireplace, stick-built storage building, organic garden plot, and secluded, spring-fed pond on property. www.FrazierPottery.com/real-estate/.
4 bedroom 2 bath home on 9/10 acre lot. 600 sq. ft. unattached studio with 50 cu. ft., covered, gas kiln in Orlando, FL. Year-round outdoor art festivals. Close to attractions and coast. $175,000. email@example.com.
Easy Fire Kiln e23t-208 for sale; excellent condition, asking $1,500.00. All accessories included. Call Bob at (856) 287-7154.
The Perfect Pottery! Large studio, gallery, and upper level home in northern Wisconsin lake country. Ideal set-up for work, sales, teaching, and living in a beautiful area. Wood kiln included; (715)550-0858, see at: www.riverrunarts.com.
But there is, at the end of the day, a larger issue that we all have in common—like the weather—that influences how we approach ceramics, and that is how to find a way to ignore all of these details and just focus on our clay work and produce work that we are proud of and that represents us in the world—which, after all, is the start and end of all of this. We have this question in common, but the solutions are as different as each of us. One of the most encouraging signs I see that indicates people are able to address this concern is that we continue to see talented, dedicated people entering the field and making work that is personal, refined, and honest. Take a look through this year’s Emerging Artists (starting on page 45) and I think you’ll agree. For some of them, the answer is finding residencies that will allow them time and space to focus on their work, for some it’s making the most of whatever bits of time and space they can carve out at home. Regardless of the specifics, it’s clear that each of them has made a conscious choice to make clay a priority in their lives. —Sherman Hall, Editor.
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FOR SALE: 1,150 sq. ft. house and 2,000 sq. ft. shop on eight acres nestled in the woods near the quaint town of Saluda, NC. $435,000. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PERU: Internships with renowned sculptor in clay or with retablo/mask maker in the southern Andes and Internship with internationally renowned “Living National Treasure” tapestry weaver in Lima, Peru. One to six weeks. Live with a family-room and board included. www.puchkaperu.com.
Eco friendly, 36 cu.ft., natural gas reduction kiln. Down draft sprung arch, kaowool w/screen, two forced air burners, Ocy probe, furniture, door bricks boxed, steel structure, and metal roof. Must be dismantled to move from Durham, NC. Contact: email@example.com or (919) 489-9767.