It seems almost comical that just one person telling me what he thought would be a good idea changed my mind about starting a new section of the magazine, but that’s exactly what happened. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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cover: Front: Seated Woman, by Kensuke Yamada, 2008. Rear: Light Cistern, constructed of small wooden pallets that the sewer tile and brick used to be stacked on in the brick factory, by Nicholas Bonner, 1992; installed in the historical tile factory drying shed at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana. Photo: Nelson Guda.
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Techno File: Four Ways to Red
by Dave Finkelnburg

One of the most difficult colors to achieve in ceramics may not be as tough as you thought—as long as you choose the right method for your work.

Recipes Low-Fire Red, Iron Red, Copper Red, Chrome/Tin Red

Clay Culture: From Center to Edge

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts celebrates 60 years. Images made by visiting photographer Nelson Guda present a complex and engaging portrait of both the historic and modern aspects of a clay center that has changed with the times.

Clay Culture: Back to Basics

Biomedical researchers use ceramic “ink” and origami techniques to make complex structures meant for use in the lab (and the human body) that may well have interesting uses in creative exploration.

Clay Culture: Learning with Wood

A survey of wood firing in US academic institutions of higher learning “takes the temperature” of the status, efficacy, and interest in wood as a firing fuel and as an aesthetic approach.

Clay Culture: A Blog Worth Reading

There are many blogs worth reading, but this one in particular resonates with the fundamental culture of clay from the perspective of a maker born in one culture, and living and working in another.

Studio Visit: Guillermo Cuellar, Shafer, Minnesota

Beginning his pottery career in his native Venezuela, a potter figuratively and literally follows the work that resonates with him, culminating in a move that affects his lifestyle as well as his livelihood.


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Local Clay
by David Peters

As recently as half a century ago, most pottery (even in industry) was made using materials that were local to the site of manufacture. Today, even though our prepackaged materials are a click away, many folks are coming back to materials closer to home.

My Own Backyard
by Robert Balaban

An interest in environmental impact and cost savings leads one potter to poke around his neighborhood to see what he could use in the studio. He was surprised to end up with unique materials from his own backyard.

Big Creek Pottery
by Karen Thuesen Massaro

The first residential pottery school and workshop center on the US West Coast was open for a short 16 years, but it leaves a long legacy, especially for those who found it to be their singular resource for utilitarian training.

Download Bruce McDougal’s kick wheel plan (pdf format).

Glaze: Roadside Glazes
by John Britt

If someone left a perfectly good glaze on the side of the road, wouldn’t you pick it up and use it? Good news: geology has done exactly that!

Recipes Tenmoku, Oil Spot, Ash, and Celadon

Spotlight: A Tale of Adventure
by Rebecca Harvey

Two artists set parameters in order to discover a battle against the arch nemesis Mediocrity, with a secret lab, a fetching scientist, and an active volcano—told in graphic novel format, on clay cups, and on Twitter.


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