Hello. I have the best job in the world. I spend my days looking at ceramics and ceramic making techniques then deciding which projects to share with you. As I’ve learned working on the magazine for the past six years, creative processes (both in the studio and in the office) happen in many different ways. While I do spend more time talking about ceramics than making it these days, the end result is still very satisfying and my hands still feel as though they’ve been making something for others to enjoy. —Holly Goring, Editor
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The time has come for a transition here at Pottery Making Illustrated as I’ve decided to retire, hang up my editor’s hat, and get back into the studio. I’ve had a chance to look back and reflect on the first 95 issues of the magazine, and am amazed at what’s been covered in the world of pottery techniques. From the simple to the complex and the traditional to the experimental, artists from around the world have generously shared their information with enthusiastic readers such as you, and their techniques have been preserved for years to come.—Bill Jones, Editor.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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
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