As the holiday season approaches, I’m doing a lot of thinking about what gifts I’ll be making this year, and as usual, I look through some of the past issues of PMI for ideas. What I find are not just ideas about how to make or decorate something, but also some bits of inspiration to think about in general. A good example is in this issue with Sarah Jaeger, our featured artist. She thinks a lot about the person who will use a piece she forms, glazes and decorates, and imagines how they will hold and view the work. By altering her thrown forms she adds a tactile quality to an otherwise plain bowl. And with her decoration, she even adds a little design work inside the foot that reveals itself when the bowl is in the dish rack. —Bill Jones, Editor
Theme: Surface Decoration
The holiday season may seem a long way off as we enjoy the last days of summer, but it closer than you think. If you’re planning on trying out some new techniques for gift ideas this year, now’s the time to get started. And do we have some great ideas you can start with! We’re happy to have Jason Bige Burnett, Kristin Pavelka, Connie Norman and Kate & Will Jacobson as our featured contributors in this surface decoration issue, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy every new technique. —Bill Jones, Editor
Even the beginner knows that ceramics is filled with choices. Choices of forming techniques, materials, firing options, decorating styles, and on and on. And that’s why even in our 14th year of publication, we’re still at it – there’s just so much to choose from.In this issue you’ll get to take a look at throwing a bowl upside down, throwing a box, making and decorating a tile with piece missing, and even building your own tabletop slab roller for under $150. Beyond these featured choices, you’ll also get a glimpse of a product called Pyrofoto, a couple of stellar DVD reviews, making handles with plaster dies, using lusters, making a jewelry dish and some design ideas for flower pots. Where do you start? You’ve got a lot of choices – go ahead and choose. —Bill Jones, Editor
Theme: Endless Techniques
When Geoffrey Chaucer said back in the 15th century “The life so short, the craft so long to learn” he could have been speaking in the 21st century. Pottery making is an art and craft that has no limits for learning, and this is borne out once again in this issue of PMI. Just when you think you’ve mastered enough techniques, we roll out some more, which we think is a good thing. We take a look at some cool throwing techniques and tips in this issue we know you’ll enjoy.
Theme: Part of the Story
When we artists reveal their techniques in Pottery Making Illustrated, we often run out of room. But we’re more than happy to accommodate them when they have more to share. In this issue, we welcome back Paul Barchilon to give us some tips on using die-cut stencils and Bowie Croisant shares his technique for mold making and slipcasting. On the flip side we have Martina Lantin and her Crown Jars but she has more for a future issue.
Theme: The Synergy of Techniques
When it comes to challenging techniques, even the most complicated ones can be broken down into a series of simple steps. In this issue, you’ll get a bonus because each artist takes you step-by-step through a series of techniques to create a work of art. For example, Magda Glusek’s unusual sculpture uses sculpting techniques and decorating with both fired and non-fired finishes. Peter King describes how to handbuild large cylinders you can finish on the wheel and Margaret Bohls makes plaster texture molds as a starting point for her elegant vases displayed on lattice stands. In each article, you’ll find plenty of ideas to inspire your next piece.
Theme: Functional Tableware
Remember the rule about form following function? Well, here’s an issue that really illustrates that your forms can be highly creative and still get the job done. Annie Chrietzberg writes about Paul Donnelly’s excellent cup and saucer combinations in our featured project for this issue, and she’s joined by other equally creative takes on the idea of functional creative forms. Martha Grover demonstrates how to make a stunning lidded form, and Joan Bruneau and Arthur Halvorsen provide two entirely different takes on ways on making exciting flower holders. You’ll enjoy all four projects and much more in this issue.
Theme: Surface Decoration
It’s hard to believe that it’s already approaching fall meaning
school and the Holidays are close behind. For the past several years,
we’ve celebrated the surface with our September/October issue and this
year we’re continuing that tradition with a stellar lineup of articles.
Take a look…
If you think about it, Pottery Making Illustrated is like a
two-month ‘workshop’ delivered to your door. In the July/August issue
we’ve assembled a group of potters and experts exploring some
firing-related topics you’ll find exciting.
It’s time to break out of those winter doldrums and get psyched with some fresh ideas for spring! We’ve got some hot projects and groovy techniques we think you’ll really enjoy. They’re not too complicated and allow for a lot of creativity. You’ll have fun displaying your thrown pieces in a handbuilt unit, or maybe you’d like to try your hand at cutting apart your work and reassembling it. David Hendley demonstrates how to take extruded forms and finish them off on the wheel, while Keith Phillips wows us with his salt and pepper shakers. The sooner you get to the studio, the sooner you’ll have some new pieces made.