Just the Facts

Clay
Red and white earthenware

Primary forming method
Handbuilt-a combination of modeling, carving, filing,
coiling, and some press molding. To form adjunct elements, I usually crochet,
knit or sew various fibers.

Favorite surface treatment
I am addicted to burnishing leather-hard forms, the wackiness of commercial
glazes, and crocheting fibrous elements onto pieces post-firing.

Primary firing method
Cone 06-04 electric

Favorite tool
A sense of humor. Or, in the gift shop of the Dinosaur
Museum in Thermopolis, Wyoming, I found this polished black rock in the shape
of a heart. It is simply perfect for hours and hours of burnishing love. I also
heart the jeweler’s files and altered butter knife given to me by friends.

Most-used piece of equipment
My sound system

stephanie lanter fiber studio

stephanie lanter crocheting


5 Comments on "Studio Visit: Stephanie Lanter, Topeka, Kansas"

  1. Gene August 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm -
    I ENVA YOU. I’M NEW TO POTTERY BUT HAVE PURCHASED SOME NICE PIECES. WORKING ON SLAB FIRST. BOY DO I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN. I’M ONLY 70 SO I HAVE TIME. I’M ALSO FORTUNATE THAT I HAVE A MACHINE SHOP I CAN BUILD A LOT OF STUF SUCH AS KILN AND WHEELS. GENE
  2. m kamal May 27, 2010 at 7:39 am -
  3. m kamal May 27, 2010 at 7:37 am -
    How much smoke is generated with these firing methods? Can they be used in an urban setting with regulations about leaf fires, etc?
  4. m kamal May 27, 2010 at 7:36 am -
    I haven’t explored sawdust firing, but this certainly has me inspired to try it. I’d bisque fire 1st, as mentioned, to reduce breakage. I’m grateful to learn what “flashing” is, and am intriqued by the African villagers’ technique. There’s lots of good ideas presented by the commenters too. Reading this article was almost the best part of my day today… (an owl flew right over me tonight…THAT was the best part! & hard to beat.)
  5. m kamal May 27, 2010 at 7:34 am -
    Fantastic artical, I really appreaciate getting an inside veiw of other ceramic artists currently working hard to establish themselves in traditional and emerging markets. I hope this will be a theme that contines to be developed.

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