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Pottery Making Illustrated March/April 2014

Posted On February 17, 2014 0 Comments

When it comes to setting fire to your creativity, nothing works better than breaking a few rules. Why settle for repeating a tried-and-true technique when you can try something new that pushes you out of your comfort zone? Since Pottery Making Illustrated prides itself in uncovering the offbeat and unusual, you’ll enjoy some of the techniques in store with this issue.—Bill Jones, Editor.

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Groovy Ceramics: How to Use Scraps of Molding as Pottery Shaping Tools

Posted On January 8, 2014 25 Comments

When Frank James Fisher noticed a bunch of trim scraps at a local home center, his thoughts immediately went to “clay tool.” Today, Frank explains how he has turned these scraps into handy shaping tools for wheel throwing. Next time you’re at a lumberyard, ask for some of the scraps and try them out


Pottery Making Illustrated January/February 2014

Posted On December 18, 2013 0 Comments

With the new year, I’m looking forward trying new things on a regular basis and maybe trying to perfect some of the techniques that worked well in years past. Maybe you could try a lot of new things in the coming year and don’t worry about making mistakes along the way.  It’ll be worth it.— Bill Jones, editor.

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Pottery Making Illustrated November/December 2013

Posted On October 22, 2013 0 Comments

This issue of Pottery Making Illustrated provides a number of creative ways to keep from growing old. Marion Peters Angelica’s wine stems provide a creative alternative to glassware, and her directions are really clear (love those labels!). Chandra DeBuse’s treat server opens the door for a lot of playful activity, and her idea for making puffy forms can be used on a wide variety of serving pieces. You’ll also have fun trying out the masking tape resist on terra sigillata surfaces, making a silkscreen, creating a chess set, starting a glaze pantry, cooking in a micaceous bean pot or playing with the different Japanese tea bowl shapes in “Pottery Illustrated.” So don’t just sit there and grow old—start playing!—Bill Jones, Editor.

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Ceramic Arts 2014 Yearbook

Posted On October 22, 2013 0 Comments

We hope that Ceramic Arts 2014 serves as a resource you’ll want to read right away and also keep on hand both for its timeliness and its timelessness. Be sure to drop us a line and tell us what you think—we’d love to hear.

—Sherman Hall, Editor, Ceramics Monthly, and Bill Jones, Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated.



Pottery Making Illustrated September/October 2013

Posted On August 19, 2013 0 Comments

Whether you’re constantly working in the studio or an occasional dabbler, there’s something for everyone in this issue. While every technique requires some getting used to, just remember to try, try, again and success will surely come your way.—Bill Jones, Editor

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Pottery Making Illustrated July/August 2013

Posted On June 14, 2013 0 Comments
Curiosity is one of the driving forces that makes working with clay so interesting and entertaining. We basically enjoy poking, prodding, throwing, altering, glazing and decorating clay according to a plan, but our enthusiasm builds as we find new ways to create by simply asking “what if?” or “I wonder?” These are the questions that lead us down new paths of discovery. —Bill Jones, Editor
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Pottery Making Illustrated May/June 2013

Posted On April 19, 2013 0 Comments

If there’s one thing I really like about making pottery, it’s that it’s pretty much remained the same over the past few thousand years. Yes, we have better clays and glazes and we can even track our firings on an iPhone, but throwing and handbuilding just haven’t changed all that much. However, some things do change, and in that vein we’re pleased to announce that the future has arrived and the new tablet version of Pottery Making Illustrated is now available (if link does not work, check back in a couple of days). Check it out and catch all the features!

 —Bill Jones, Editor

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Make Your Own Ceramic Mosaic Patio Table for Cookout Season

Posted On April 15, 2013 6 Comments

What do art teachers do in their time off? Art projects, of course. Clay Cunningham and his wife added a new mosaic ceramic top to their picnic table during their summer off. Not a bad idea for a classroom project as well – maybe something in the courtyard at school…


Pottery Making Illustrated March/April 2013

Posted On February 19, 2013 0 Comments

In this issue, we offer a number of ways for you to change direction—glazing with spray guns, building large pinched forms, making vases from drop-molded parts, creating plate rings, making teapots in 30 minutes, experimenting with mica, developing glazes, trying out precision slip trailers, and more. Which one will you choose? —Bill Jones, Editor

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