Focus: College Clay

The versatile nature of clay encourages a broad range of practice, but we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the instructors who encourage students to find their own voice in clay, without favoring a specific technique or stylistic approach. This month we are looking at the results of these educational efforts in colleges and universities.


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Cover image: Lidded sugar bowl, 9 in. (23 cm) in height, thrown and altered porcelain, soda fired to cone 10, 2008, by Lorna Meaden, Durango, Colorado.


In this issue:

2009 Undergraduate Showcase
Clearly, the shaping of the next generation of ceramic artists is in confident hands—those of the instructors, as well as the students. After all, isn’t a student the party most responsible for his or her own education?

Barbara Banfield
Matthew Bright
Melanie Blood
Brenda Danbrook
Timo Fahler
Deborah Freeman
Julie Malen
Mai Maruo
Angee Verzani-Dorcey
Travis Winters


2009 NCECA Regional Student Juried Exhibition
Reflections on the past and future of one of the most prestigious student ceramic exhibitions, including statements from this year’s jurors, and NCECA’s plans to open the RSJE to national competition in 2010 and beyond.


MFA Factor: Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Kicking off this year’s series of graduate program profiles is an urban school located in the City of Brotherly Love. Clay love is more like it!


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More is More: Lorna Meaden
by Stephanie Lanter

We talk about the celebration of function a lot, but few potters turn that around into the function of celebration. With highly ornate forms and bright soda-fired surfaces, Meaden explores the social dynamics of groups-particularly parties!

monthly methods A Very Fine Line by Lorna Meaden


Otto Heino, 1915-2009
by Don Pilcher

In response to the passing of one of the greats in a generation, a former student reflects on the importance and impact of a teacher and pioneer of studio ceramics.


Down to Earth: Joseph Pintz’s Hand-Hewn Pots
by Casey Ruble

Grounded in a family history of handwork and connection to the earth, the pots and objects Pintz makes speak of the direct, honest pursuit of everyday living.

monthly methods Hand-Hewn Pottery by Joseph Pintz

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