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Ceramics Monthly




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 »
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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