By it’s very nature, our art form is not the greenest of artistic endeavors, but happily, many ceramic artists and organizations are taking it upon themselves to try to lessen their impact on the environment. One such organization was actually built on sustainability: the Energy Xchange in North Carolina. In today’s post, an excerpt… Read More »
Trimming is one of my favorite parts of wheel throwing. But with my limited time in the studio, it is an extra step that I sometimes wouldn’t mind avoiding. But if you skip trimming, you have to make sure you do something to make your feet look finished. Otherwise, an otherwise lovely pot can look… Read More »
NEW MEMBER BENEFIT! Many artists are not adequately insured or even have insurance, to cover business losses. One of Potters Council’s missions is to educate the ceramic community. Here we hope to provide our members information on understanding business insurance.
A couple NCECAs ago, I bought some rice paper transfers from a supplier at the conference. They are super fun to play around with and very easy to use, but as with anything commercially made, they are not unique to me. So I loved this article from the Pottery Making Illustrated archive vault (buy… Read More »
This issue of Pottery Making Illustrated provides a number of creative ways to keep from growing old. Marion Peters Angelica’s wine stems provide a creative alternative to glassware, and her directions are really clear (love those labels!). Chandra DeBuse’s treat server opens the door for a lot of playful activity, and her idea for making puffy forms can be used on a wide variety of serving pieces. You’ll also have fun trying out the masking tape resist on terra sigillata surfaces, making a silkscreen, creating a chess set, starting a glaze pantry, cooking in a micaceous bean pot or playing with the different Japanese tea bowl shapes in “Pottery Illustrated.” So don’t just sit there and grow old—start playing!—Bill Jones, Editor.
We hope that Ceramic Arts 2014 serves as a resource you’ll want to read right away and also keep on hand both for its timeliness and its timelessness. Be sure to drop us a line and tell us what you think—we’d love to hear.
—Sherman Hall, Editor, Ceramics Monthly, and Bill Jones, Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated.
Potters Council Advisory Board member Lyndsay Meiklem, shares her first installment, Focus on Facebook, of how she uses social media to further her ceramic business. We encourage you to read her article and challenge yourself to try one of her recommendations.
Learning to play in the studio can have its rewards, especially when new and unique forms are discovered. As is evident in her work, Chandra DeBuse embraces play in the studio. How else could she create such fun pieces? In today’s post, an excerpt from the hot off the presses November/December 2013 issue of… Read More »
Potters Council conferences are more than just instruction; it’s your community coming together to expand the possibilities of ceramic practice. Each year we provide our members with regional conferences, sponsored events, and international ceramic tours. Check out the upcoming events in Austin, Texas, and Mt. Vernon, Illinois. We look forward to seeing you!
The best possible outcome in seeing these half-finished projects is that we rediscover something we could not understand at the time, but now have the necessary tools or insight to complete, and so a reinvigorating adventure begins. Of course, you or I may not have those insights or tools, but hopefully in these cases we’re wise enough to think hard before just disregarding something that was previously discounted or relegated to the status of one-time diversion.—Sherman Hall, editor.