Focus: Studio Tours

CM looked into why studio tours work (when they work) and why they may sometimes not work. We polled the organizers and participants of twelve studio tours to ascertain their best practices, their successes, and their downfalls. The good news is: it’s mostly good news!


on the cover: Platter with abstract floral painting, 14 in. (36 cm) in diameter, with wax-resist brushwork and Iron Saturated Alkaline Frogskin Glaze, by Matt Jones, Leicester, North Carolina. Photo: Tim Barnwell.

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Open Door Policy: The Emergence of Studio Tours

The Value of a Studio Tour by Robert Briscoe

Survey Says results from the CM studio tour questionnaire

Speaking from Experience best practices and advice from potters

Seriously Playful: The Pottery of Matt Jones

by Katey Schultz

The use of materials that are close at hand, and the pursuit of pottery tradition in contemporary times, results in “a balanced consideration of historical influences, the needs of the modern consumer, and the opportunity to make something distinct.”

recipes Glazes using local materials and crushed bottle glass.

monthly methods The Crusher by Matt Jones

Click here to view a video of Jones’ glass crusher at work!



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Rimas VisGirda: A Higher Plane
by Glen R. Brown

Texture and drawings meet in what the author describes as “material and metaphorical grit.” Clean lines and simple abstraction of images complement a variety of intricate surface textures and details. There is, quite simply, a lot to look at.


MFA Factor: University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth



Terri Kern: Depth by 1000 Strokes
by Gil Stengel

Getting form and surface to unite into a cohesive whole has been the potter’s struggle for as long as there have been pots. Kern uses story and narrative to drive surface into intense, colorful, detailed illustrations that enfold her pots.

monthly methods Layers and Layers and Layers by Terri Kern


Studio Visit: David Packer, New York, New York

Making sculpture in a basement in Queens can be a challenge for sure, but if you have your priorities in order, success can be had anywhere.


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