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Detail of one of Carolanne Currier’s vessels, custom stoneware, slip, soda fired on shells to cone 11-12, 2014.

We all have clay in common. We find it at different times, sometimes early on, sometimes as a second career, and sometimes as our retirement gig. I have found that artists whose work most intrigues me often have very focused interests outside of the clay world, and sometimes outside of the world of visual art all together, whether it’s birdwatching, botany, machines, gourmet cooking, physics, or the science of nostalgia. The artists in this issue all have different reasons for making a career switch at some point in their lives, and deciding to leave one field, follow their curiosity, and pick up a ball of clay to start their new career. We talk to them about their choices, and how their former careers have influenced their studio work.
–Jessica Knapp, editor.

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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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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.



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.



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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Jessica Knapp