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June 6, 2014

Marty Fielding enjoys making nonround angular forms, but is a wheel thrower at heart. So, rather than building from the ground up with slabs, Marty makes the walls of...
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June 4, 2014

In today's post, an excerpt from our brand-new free download Contemporary Pottery: Functional and Conceptual Considerations for Handmade Pottery, Gay Smith explains how to think about pottery design...
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June 2, 2014

It's June, which means the Working Potters issue of Ceramics Monthly has hit the newsstands! I am always a fan of...
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May 30, 2014

Making low-fire work in an electric kiln, Liz Zlot Summerfield carefully considers her surface decoration at every step along the way. In today’s post, an excerpt from her DVD...
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May 28, 2014

Address signs are fun to make as housewarming gifts for friends and family, or to put your own personal stamp on your own house. In today’s post, an excerpt...
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May 26, 2014

Slip trailing is a great way to add decoration to pots. Most ceramic artists use a fairly liquid slip when slip trailing. But after watching a baking competition on...
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May 23, 2014

There is something about carving into leatherhard clay that is so satisfying. It's probably why trimming pots is my favorite part of throwing. But using carving as a decorative...
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May 21, 2014

Today's post combines two great things: clay and music. In an excerpt from Barry Hall's From Mud to Music, you'll learn how to make a clay whistle flute...
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May 19, 2014

I have seen many potters use tar paper as a pattern making tool, and have seen stencils used to create colorful designs with underglazes or glazes. But in today's...
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May 16, 2014

When learning to hand build, one of the biggest challenges can be staring at that slab or lump of clay and envisioning an interesting form. That “blank canvas” can...
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