Daniel Johnston pots on the cover of Ceramics Monthly

Focus: Gallery Guide

Find a partner, or find inspiration through all the great work ceramics galleries are representing. Making significant work does not require a successful business plan­—but the chances of enough people seeing your work to recognize it as significant are greatly improved if you have one. The most successful plans often involve outlets beyond the studio—like galleries, websites, and stores (ideally all of the above), so you can focus on making work. Yes, these are business agreements, but they are usually more successful if approached as a partnership—a team, if you will, where everyone is invested in the process and works toward collective success.

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Michael McCarthy throwing pots at Watershed photo

Everybody Wins
by Bess Hochstein

Collaborative efforts between a gallery, ceramic-art center, and school aim to promote clay across organizations and audiences.

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Potter Daniel Johnston glazing a large jar photo

Daniel Johnston Dreams Big
by Katey Schultz

A North Carolina potter embraces influences from several cultures in order to find a voice and direction all his own.

monthly methods Large Jar Construction Techniques
from Phon Bok Northeast Thailand, and Glazing Large Jars by Daniel Johnston

Ceramic artist Lydia Thompson's Promises detail photo

Lydia Thompson: Promises
by Glen R. Brown

An ongoing work of sculpture and installation explores a complex cultural history of exploitation through a personal lens.

Ceramic artist Harris Deller This and That photo

The MFA Factor: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

A Midwestern school with a focus on both the individual and community.

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