Well, here we are, folks, at the relaunch issue of Ceramics Monthly. Most of you know by now that we have been working on this for quite some time, and it would be redundant for me to list all of the things we have tweaked and shuffled in order to arrive here, so I suggest you dive right in, flip through and have a good look.—Sherman Hall, Editor

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cover: Compound pocket vase, 12 in. (30 cm) in height, thrown and altered stoneware with resist glaze decoration, by Nick Joerling, Penland, North Carolina.
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Clay Culture: One Hundred Jars

Daniel Johnston’s 90-cubic-foot kiln transformed 11,000 pounds of clay, 25 gallons of glaze and slip, 30 cords of wood, and 800 pounds of salt into 100 large glazed jars—for just one sale.

Click here to watch a video from Daniel Johnston’s Large Jar Sale.

Clay Culture: Low High-Tech
by Peter Wray

As it turns out, clay (specifically porcelain) is the perfect material for making a gramophone that amplifies your iPod.

Clay Culture: Pots in Action

Making a living from your work not only takes tremendous skill but also creative marketing. Ayumi Horie has embraced elements of social networking to build a record of off-the-cuff action shots of her work. The result is both humorous and smart.

Clay Culture: The Periodic Table of Videos

Science videos featuring common elements that are also near and dear to our studios, which discuss their various properties as they relate to everyday life, or life in the lab.

Studio Visit: Lorna Meaden, Durango, Colorado

How one potter scraped and planned and labored to carve out a life making pots.


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An Unsaid Quality
by Janet Koplos

A retrospective exhibition of Toshiko Takaezu’s work prompts this discussion of the relationship between depth and brevity, stillness and meaning.

Minkyu Lee: Hidden Structure Revealed
by David Damkoehler

A ceramic sculptor focuses on defining the parts of his work that are not actually there, encouraging viewers to complete the work in their minds.

MFA Factor: University of South Carolina

A three-year program with teaching assistant opportunities as well as job placement.

Eric Knoche: Points of Connection
by Katey Schultz

What might seem like separate bodies of work to the casual observer actually form a consistent pursuit of ideas and expression for this potter and sculptor.

monthly methods: Buried in Fire by Eric Knoche

Paul Soldner, 1921–2011
by Doug Casebeer

One of the great pioneers of modern studio practice and ceramic exploration, and arguably one of the most well-respected and well-known ceramics teachers of our time, leaves a legacy of individuality, freedom of creative exploration, and artistic honesty.

Silicon Carbide: The Stuff of Stars
by Mark Chatterley

For those of you who don’t think bubbles and craters are glaze flaws.

Spotlight: Nick Joerling Shifts Gears

Why would someone change what is arguably a very successful, established body of work in order to move in another direction?


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