Focus: Education

In ceramics, education is about the biggest can of worms there is. It can be difficult to define it in a way that includes all of its various wriggling parts. Add to that the fact that we all have widely varying experiences when learning about ceramics, and the discussion can sometimes stall before it even starts—but I always try to power on through to some sort of common ground; call me an optimist. So, in this issue we will talk about community education through a ceramic lending library, as well as various kinds of green research at post-secondary ceramic programs. Comprehensive? No—but we think it’s a good sample of some new thing happening in ceramic education today.—Sherman Hall, Editor

on the cover: Platter, 20 in. (51 cm) in diameter, stoneware, fired to cone 10 in reduction, by Peter Karner.
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Glassagama: The Corning Wood-Burning Furnace
by Fred Herbst

Taking educational collaboration to the next level, a small community college makes the most of limited resources and builds a kiln that serves both the clay and glass department. Potters and glass blowers work together to load, stoke, fire, and discover new ways of making work.

Cups on Loan: The Artstream Ceramic Library
by Alleghany Meadows, Ayumi Horie, and Mary Barringer

A group of potters take ceramic education to the people. Using the already well-known Artstream Gallery as a springboard, a ceramic lending library now looks to travel to your town.

The Wisdom of Crowds: Green Research in Universities
by Kristin Schimik

Instructors and students take charge and institute projects in ceramic departments that reduce carbon, maximize efficiency, and explore new territory.


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Sustainable Ceramic Practice
by Brian Kluge

Ceramics Monthly and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ Green Task Force present the winner of the NCECA Green Task Force Student Writing Competition.

Steve Reynolds: Off the Wall
by Kathleen Whitney

Never one to “color inside the lines,” Steve Reynolds leaves behind a body of work that is at once challenging and refreshing.

Peter Karner
by Jules Masterjohn

Careful evaluation, re-evaluation, risk, and change are one potter’s recipe for making honest, personal work that reflects both an inner and outer world.

Studio Visit: Matthew Harris, Boulder, Colorado

In this latest installment of our Studio Visit department, Matthew Harris shares his personal practice and insight into her career as a working ceramic artist.


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