If you look closely at this year’s Emerging Artists, you’ll see the creative successes first, and even though the artists themselves intend this, I challenge you to look further than that and look for the hard work. —Sherman Hall, Editor
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cover: Cornucopia 09-Y3, 20 in. (52 cm) in diameter, clay and cast glass, by Etsuko Tashima, 2009. Photo: Taku Saiki.
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Techno File: Flameware
by David Pier

Putting pots on direct flame requires exacting standards. Making flameware is not for the faint of heart.

Clay Culture: History of the World in 100 Objects
by Holly Goring

A collaborative project between the BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum, meant to highlight the objects we create and value, keeps growing well beyond its original scope by including submissions from the public on a robust, interactive website.

Clay Culture: The Leach Pottery, 1952

Footage originally shot in 1952 at St. Ives Pottery in England has been remastered and is accompanied by a contemporary narration by Warren MacKenzie, who also includes recollections from his time there from 1949 to 1952.

Clay Culture: Tile, Tile Everywhere
by Jessica Knapp

Portugal has a long history of cladding architecture in tile, but one artist really brings it into the 21st century by tackling a project at a water treatment plant.

Studio Visit: Munemitsu Taguchi, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A potter in an urban setting is not as much of a contradiction as it once was—but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier. Taguchi’s secret: come to the studio, work hard, leave.


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On the Pursuit of Beauty: Etsuko Tashima
by Naomi Tsukamoto

A sculptor combines clay and glass with careful planning and elegant results that compliment both materials.

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Emerging Artists 2011

A celebration of clay in the works of 15 artists.

Aaron Tennessee Benson, Helena, Montana
Douglas Peltzman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mike Jabbur, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Angelique Tassistro, Asheville, North Carolina
Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker, Cincinnati, Ohio
Myungjin Kim, Torrance, California
Kip O’Krongly, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Yoko Sekino-Bové, Washington, Pennsylvania
Peter Christian Johnson, La Grande, Oregon
Cary Weigand, Jacksonville, Oregon
Courtney Murphy, Helena, Montana
Adam Welch, New York, New York
Darien Johnson, Buffalo, New York
Kala Stein, Alfred, New York
Meredith Host, Kansas City, Missouri

Best Practices for a Safe and Healthy Studio
by Lilia Chen MS, CIH; Jessica Ramsey, MS; Scott Brueck, MS, CIH; Maureen Niemeier, BBA

A team from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed a Health Hazard Evaluation on a pottery shop and come away with a series of recommendations that can (and should) be applied in even the smallest of home studios.

Glaze: Oil Spot and Hare’s Fur Glazes
by John Britt

These glazes have depth—both physically and visually. They are applied in thick layers, they bubble up through one another, and they end up in patterns that range from metallic crystals to running streaks.

Spotlight: Sustainable Studio

New Mexico potter Lee Akins had the opportunity to build his own house and studio from the ground up and make it sustainable along the way, but he also learned many things that can benefit existing studios.

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