Check out what’s new in the November/December 2014

Bill Wilkey’s thrown and altered sugar jars

Sean O’Connell’s guide to making multiples

Nancy Gardner’s whimsically decorated low-fire bowls

Sarah Jaeger’s elegantly simple baking dish



Striped colored-clay platters

Screen printing on clay wall pieces

Feldspar inclusions

Commercial glazes on textured ceramics

Kimegote ribs

Gravy boats

Japanese tea bowl feet


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It’s all about clay

There’s something a little weird about clay that’s hard to describe — when you get into, you’re hooked. And if you try to describe what it is to a non-clay person, they don’t get it. Pottery Making Illustrated is a magazine written for those of us who ‘get it’. It’s a magazine by clay lovers, for clay lovers, and it provides a place for clay lovers to share their passion and their discoveries.


Techniques that last

Every issue of Pottery Making Illustrated contains creative techniques on every aspect of clay — throwing, handbuilding, glazing, decorating, firing, rakuing, extruding, tile making, casting, and more (even some things you’ve never heard of). You’re bound to discover something completely new in each issue, and every technique you try is guaranteed to last a lifetime!



Proven methods

One of the best parts about PMI is that our writers know what they’re talking about. When you read about a technique, you can be sure that all the details have been worked out over the years with lots trial-and-error experiments. Once you learn the basics of a new technique, you can add your own flair to make it truly unique.


Everything you need

We certainly put the illustrated in Pottery Making Illustrated. you’ll discover every issue contains dozens of images showing you how something is done. You’ll see messy hands, clay scraps, used brushes, even disorganized studios, but that’s pottery making at its best! And since most our contributors have spent years teaching, they anticipate questions and explain techniques for all skill levels. levels.


It’s up to you

With PMI’s detailed instructions, you can jump in anywhere and work your way through to the end of any process. As you gain experience, you’ll find yourself creating new variations of your own in no time! 




A magazine that helps you be creative

As clay lovers, we enjoy working with our hands, and Pottery Making Illustrated helps make us more creative. PMI isn’t for browsing, it’s for doing. We don’t show you innovative art, we show you can be more creative.




All that other cool stuff

In addition to techniques, PMI provides you with tons of practical clay-related information. You’ll discover things you didn’t know about the latest tools and equipment that might make your time in the studio more enjoyable. Or maybe you’re looking for glazes and glaze combinations that might look good on your work—that’s there too.


In the Studio

There’s a lot of information on the Internet about ceramics, but it can be daunting to locate and decipher what’s good and what’s bogus. We’re constantly searching out information on clays, glazes, tools, equipment, maintenance, safety, underglazes, brushes and just about anything else you can imagine.


In the Kitchen

In 2013 we’re introducing a new department by Sumi von Dassow about pots and cooking. In each issue she’ll discuss the specifics you need to know for creating certain kitchen items in the studio. Whether it’s the type of clay, a special glaze, or particular shape, Sumi will touch on all of it.


Techniques you can use

Within every issue you’ll find 5 to 7 features on every aspect of working with clay. You’ll find articles on throwing, handbuilding, decorating, firing, extruding, sculpture and more. Every feature includes tips that will help you succeed faster than if you tried to figure something out on your own.


Educational resources

Over the years we’ve created a treasure trove of great ideas for teachers, students and clay lovers of all ages and levels of experience. We make these available on our Ceramic Arts Daily website as downloads to post in the studio or add to your notebook. Take a look.


Ceramic Studio Resources from Pottery Making Illustrated


Pottery Illustrated

Here’s our tribute to the “Illustrated” in our title—a back page filled with wonderfully rendered collections of forms, designs, motifs and anything else we think you’ll enjoy.