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Ceramics Monthly




Editor Sherman Hall with a bag of mixed ash he uses for glazes

From the Editor, January 2012

Posted On April 4, 2012 0 Comments
As we head into the 60th volume year of Ceramics Monthly, we look back at what was, realize how far we have traveled, and look forward to what will undoubtedly be an exciting year in studio ceramics. I have not been with the magazine for most of its history, in fact I was born about… Read More »
April 2012 Ceramics Monthly

Ceramics Monthly, April 2012

Posted On March 15, 2012 0 Comments

We need passionate newbies; we do, in fact, want them to be fired up about clay. But once they are interested, and we have them in our clutches, and they have learned a subtle thing or two about the wonders of clay, then I think it is reasonable to expect that their vocabulary and manner of dialog reflect their level of knowledge—which is to say that they move from being fired up to becoming stoked, or centered (well, maybe not centered—that takes quite a while). —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly, March 2012

Posted On March 7, 2012 0 Comments

Many artists find themselves overcoming issues far more complex than sagging plates, and the creative process that is wrapped up in material, form, and technique is at the center of this kind of problem solving. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly, February 2012

Posted On March 7, 2012 0 Comments

Throughout the process of trying to make something new in the studio (a new rim on a plate in hopes that it will catch a runny glaze just right, a new foot on the bowls so they lift up rather than sit down), I cannot help but compare it to the development of ideas for a new column in the magazine. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Ceramics Monthly, January 2012

Posted On March 7, 2012 0 Comments

As we head into the 60th volume year of Ceramics Monthly, we look back at what was, realize how far we have traveled, and look forward to what will undoubtedly be an exciting year in studio ceramics. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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Buy this back issue – $4.99 (PDF only)

From the Editor, January 2012

Posted On March 6, 2012 0 Comments
    As we head into the 60th volume year of Ceramics Monthly, we look back at what was, realize how far we have traveled, and look forward to what will undoubtedly be an exciting year in studio ceramics. I have not been with the magazine for most of its history, in fact I was… Read More »

From the Editor, February 2012

Posted On January 31, 2012 0 Comments
At the risk of lapsing into writing about writing right out of the gate (which I try to avoid, as it’s almost always a bad idea and is often a device writers use as an easy way out), I do feel like I should share with you that writing this column can sometimes feel like… Read More »
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The Pots Behind the Mask: Using Vinyl Masking and Sandblasting to Create Textured and Patterned Wood-Fired Pottery

Posted On November 14, 2011 24 Comments

David Bolton uses vinyl sign masking that he cuts with a (surprisingly affordable) sign cutter (a device that hooks up to a computer just like a printer – instead of printing it cuts the image). To ad some depth and texture, David applies the masking, sandblasts the surface, and then applies the underglaze. And he finishes it all off with the unpredictable surface that only an atmospheric firing can create.

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From the Editor, December 2011

Posted On November 11, 2011 0 Comments

Has anyone ever said to you, “I’m not artistic; I can’t even draw a
straight line,” and you look at them a bit sideways because first of
all that’s what rulers are for and second, being artistic is like
everything else: effort, sweat, and practice are what produce good
results, not talent. —Sherman Hall, Editor

December 2011 Ceramics Monthly

Ceramics Monthly, December 2011

Posted On November 11, 2011 0 Comments

Has anyone ever said to you, “I’m not artistic; I can’t even draw a straight line,” and you look at them a bit sideways because first of all that’s what rulers are for and second, being artistic is like everything else: effort, sweat, and practice are what produce good results, not talent. —Sherman Hall, Editor
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