Ceramics will not cure the world of its many ills, but its the hammer I have, so I’ll go looking for nails to pound with it. —Sherman Hall, Editor

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cover: Takashi Hinoda’s “Alternative Muscles,” exhibition view, imura art gallery, Kyoto, Japan, 2011. Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga. Courtesy imura art gallery.
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Techno File: Mesh Size
by John Britt

Parsing the numbers of particle size lets us know more about how our materials will act in clays and glazes, and those numbers may even open up some creative options; and creativity is what this is all about.

Clay Culture: Permanence and Disposability
by Erin Pfeifer

Ceramic materials have always made permanent utilitarian wares possible, and that permanence has been central to the aesthetics of ceramic vessels, but clay is also being used to comment on issues of impermanence and temporary use.

Clay Culture:To Brick or To Click

What used to be the online-only exhibition, formerly seen as a second-class show, has in some ways become the best way to promote the works a gallery has to offer.

Clay Culture:A Potter’s Evolution
by Jessica Knapp

Though the images in the book Michael Simon: Evolution, showcase work spanning one artist’s career, the contributors’ essays and discussions unite the personal with the universal, allowing the reader to gain insights into Simon’s processes and motivation, as well as their own.

Studio Visit: Lisa Orr
Austin, Texas

One potter finds ways to diversify her market through different product lines, resulting in a bit of stability in what can typically be an unpredictable business.

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On the Precipice: Brad Schwieger’s Constructions 2010
by Eleanor Rae Harper

A recent body of work nurtures a fascination with architecture and its potential relationships to ceramics and ceramic processes. Using landscape and scale as visual tools, Schwieger gives us a new perspective on monumental objects and our relationship to them.

Takashi Hinoda’s Alternative Muscles
by Naomi Tsukamoto

Where anime meets superhero meets clay meets gallery, “friendly” cartoonish works invite curiosity from viewers, but comment on information overload.

The Ceramic Sprawlscape
by Glen R. Brown

Several artists who deal with urban and suburban sprawl as central concepts in their works do so from vantage points that fluctuate between fascination and disgust.

Return Voyage: Harlan House Sets Sail
by Heidi McKenzie

An artist some call a Canadian icon takes issue with the political and social influence of large multinational corporations.

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MFA Factor: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

A three-year program, three well-respected instructors, and two graduate student positions open per year result in a wide range of work and approaches.

2012 Gallery Guide

Find an exhibition venue or collection near you (or one that’s worth traveling to) in this comprehensive listing of galleries and museums.

Spotlight: The Nevica Project

Almost any gallery needs an online presence in order to succeed, but it’s a different thing entirely to start an online-only gallery.