We’re “broadcasting live” from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today. Continuing on the Education Week theme, I have a very exciting education-related announcement to make. Drumroll please:


We have been working hard behind the scenes on a couple of cool new features on the site: the Ceramic Arts Community Forum and our new-and-improved education section. Read all about them below! Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

New Resources for Educators and Students Alike

The easy-to-navigate, revamped education section includes lesson plans and project ideas for K-12 through the college level, how-to videos, downloadable charts, handouts, visual aids and other useful materials for teachers and students. We’ll be adding new materials all the time so we expect this to grow to be an indispensable resource for students and educators alike. If you have lesson plans or project ideas you would like to share with other teachers and students, drop us a line! Below is an example of one of the great college-level projects.


College Level Lesson idea – No Measure Lids

by Doug Gray


This project will help students throw a closed form on the wheel; trim a closed form using a chuck to support it, a skill also needed for trimming narrow necked bottles, and forms with fragile or uneven rims; create a tight fitting lid from part of the closed form; analyze and address problems with throwing, trimming and craftsmanship after cutting the piece apart and reassembling it.


Click here to see the full project and to download a printer-friendly version.

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Ceramic Arts Community Forum

The Ceramic Arts Community Forum is an online discussion group for anything  having to do with pottery and ceramics. We get a lot of questions from our readers here at CAD, and unfortunately, we aren’t always able to answer all of them. So we developed the new forum to be a place where members of the community will  be able to talk with one another and help each other out. If you have a question, just ask it. If you know the answer to a question, answer it. The forum also has robust search capabilities and some cool social networking features.


The forum has a separate login from Ceramic Arts Daily, but never fear, it’s free, easy, and fast to sign up. Just click here and join the community!



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