With today’s high-tech computerized kilns, you may have wondered why pyrometric cones are necessary when firing your ceramic art. Even with all of the advances we have seen in the digital age, the best way to gauge what is happening with your work inside the kiln, is STILL looking at these magic cone-shaped doodads.It all… Read More »
Ceramic Raw Materials
Do you need to learn what ceramic raw materials are and how they function in clay and glaze recipes? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered some great articles on ceramic raw materials and plopped them right into this section. Learning how these materials work together enables you to better achieve the results you want in your work. Plus, if you haven't already, be sure to download your free copy of the Ceramic Raw Materials: Understanding Ceramic Glaze Ingredients and Clay Making Materials, a directory of ceramics suppliers carrying all the raw materials you will need, plus reference material for the studio artist - professional or amateur, student or teacher.
If you thought your beloved clay couldn’t possibly get any cooler than it already is, well, think again. Now it’s helping to save coral reefs thanks to designer Alex Goad. Goad developed a ceramic Modular Artificial Reef Structure to help these slow growing and incredibly biodiverse ecosystems recover at a much faster rate than they… Read More »
With today’s high-tech computerized kilns, you may have wondered why pyrometric cones are necessary when firing your ceramic art. Even with all of the advances we have seen in the digital age, the best way to gauge what is happening with your work inside the kiln, is STILL looking at these magic cone-shaped doodads. It… Read More »
I grew up in Western Pennsylvania (coal country), and I can remember an orange-tinged stream close to my grandmother’s house. The cause was Acid Mine Drainage, which contaminates waterways near coal mines with iron, creating biological dead zones. So I was particularly interested in an article in the February 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly…. Read More »
I have been using commercial glazes lately, because I have been working out of my home studio since I bought myself a kiln last year. This has been working okay so far, and some of these commercial glazes will remain in my repertoire, but I really want to start making my own so I… Read More »
Slips, engobes and underglazes are a lot of fun to use for ceramic decoration and there are endless ways to use them. Today, Robin Hopper explains how you can achieve many different types of surface decorations and patterns in a short period of time using only a simple slip trailer. The post is an excerpt from… Read More »
Ahhh plasticity! It’s the property of clay that got us hooked on it in the first place. Caused by just the right mixture of water and particle size, plasticity is what transforms dry cracky clay (like in the image to the left) into a workable material. Plasticity separates clay from dirt. In today’s… Read More »
Today, we live in an age of super abundance of ceramic raw materials. Innumerable clays and glaze materials offer us a bewildering array of choices. Far from understanding these materials as familiar rocks, feldspars, and clays, each with unique personalities, we know them only as white, gray, or brown powders neatly packaged in uniform bags…. Read More »
A few months ago, during the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference in Philadelphia, we launched a new feature on Ceramic Arts Daily called the Ceramic Arts Community Forum. This forum is a wonderful tool for ceramic artists and potters to use to communicate with one another on anything related to… Read More »
Ceramics Monthly and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ Green Task Force present the winner of the NCECA Green Task Force Student Writing Competition. Student members of NCECA were invited to submit entries focused on sustainable practice in the ceramic arts. Brian Kluge, a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Lincoln, received a cash prize for his entry, as well as publication of his winning entry here. Thanks to all the students who entered, and thanks to the NCECA Green Task Force for providing Brian a few bucks to buy some (local) studio supplies.