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FC_May14CMCurrent Issue: May 2014

There is, at the end of the day, a larger issue that we all have in common—like the weather—that influences how we approach ceramics, and that is how to find a way to ignore all of these details and just focus on our clay work and produce work that we are proud of and that represents us in the world—which, after all, is the start and end of all of this. We have this question in common, but the solutions are as different as each of us.One of the most encouraging signs I see that indicates people are able to address this concern is that we continue to see talented, dedicated people entering the field and making work that is personal, refined, and honest. Take a look through this year’s Emerging Artists (starting on page 45) and I think you’ll agree. For some of them, the answer is finding residencies that will allow them time and space to focus on their work, for some it’s making the most of whatever bits of time and space they can carve out at home. Regardless of the specifics, it’s clear that each of them has made a conscious choice to make clay a priority in their lives. —Sherman Hall, Editor.

 

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cover: Lauren Mabry’s cylinder, 13 in. (33 cm) in height, red earthenware, slips, glaze, 2012.

 

 

Check out all of the great content you’ll get in every issue: 

Ceramic Glaze Articles

Glaze articles, written by experts in the field, will help you understand ceramic materials and how they work together in your glazes. One example is “Atmospheric-like Effects for Electric Firing,” by Steven Hill, in which he explains his glaze recipes, application process, and firing schedule for achieving depth and interest in glaze surfaces.


 

Clay Culture

From makers committed to tradition to those launching ceramic practice into the future, we honor and highlight the ways that culture interacts with clay, both inside and outside the studio. From the kick wheel to the rapid prototyping machine, Ceramics Monthly presents the broadest view of current ceramic studio practice available. This inspirational story about Daniel Johnston’s 100 Jars project shows how all sorts of new ideas can work in contemporary and traditional ceramics.

 

Studio Visit

Since we can’t go visit all the potters and artists we would like to in real life, we present one to you each month. Each has a unique story and way of working. You’ll find their insights filled with practical and inspirational information you can use in your own studio. Pay a visit right now to Lorna Meaden, in Durango, Colorado.

 

 

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 Exposure

We showcase images of works included in current and upcoming exhibitions that you can go see right now! And because we know it’s just not possible to get out to see all the shows you would like to, we bring them to you in stunning full color every month. Stay up to date with best mix of what’s on view. And for full listings of exhibitions and other events, check out our online calendar.

 

Tips and Tools

Well, the name says it all, doesn’t it? We all love sharing the innovative, clever ways we solve problems in the studio, save time and resources, and make our work truly our own. Here’s a tip from a reader about how to deal with reclaiming clay in a small space.

 

Techno File

Our expert technical authors break down complicated issues between science and art so you can find your own success in the studio. Regardless of the type of work you pursue, there is a lot to know about how to successfully make ceramic art, and it seems there is always more to discover. Even some of the most common materials we use can present mysteries and surprises. Here’s one that’s called “All About Iron,” by John Britt that tells you—well, all about iron.

 

Reviews

Our in-depth analysis of preeminent exhibitions provides great insights into the work of emerging and well-established artists. Our reviewers place both the exhibition and the works into cultural, historical, and aesthetic context, giving you background and tools to arrive at your own conclusions. A great example is a review by regular contributor Naomi Tsukamoto on two shows that feature Contemporary Japanese Teawares.

 

Spotlight

A conversation in print. Sometimes all it takes is one small idea to send you off in a direction of brand new discovery. And it’s often wonderful to discover that you have something in common with one of your clay heroes. Check out what Studio Khan discovered about breaking their work on purpose in “Fragile Function.”

 

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Best Regards,

 

 

 

 

 

Sherman Hall

Editor