We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. —George Bernard Shaw


How many times have you heard someone say they’re going to the studio to “play” in the clay? Sure, there’s always the premise of creating “art” or “working” on some new glaze, technique, or a special order; but, seriously, we all secretly know just how much fun it is. Every one of us can tell the story of how happy we felt when we first touched clay and how much we love to play in it. The other day I was listening to a story on NPR about how the U.S. spends a lot of resources on fighting cancer and heart disease, but we could realize a much greater return by directing our resources at figuring out how to slow down the aging process. Seems that since most health issues occur as we grow older, so figuring out how to slow down aging would reap many benefits for us later on. Of course I have a solution—provide a supply of clay to everyone and show them how to start playing. You readers already know this is a valid solution, so I’m sure you’ll want to begin encouraging friends and relatives to get involved in this latest healthcare initiative. Think of it. Millions and millions of people start playing in clay and stop growing old at the same time—illness ends! Brilliant!


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.

In this issue

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Chandra DeBuse

Play Productive: Making a Treat Server
Playing in the studio can have its rewards, especially when new and unique forms are discovered.

Marion Peters Angelica

Building a Calla Lily Wine Stem
Building a tall form using soft-slab construction isn’t as hard as you think.

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Barry Hall
Side-blown Flutes
Learn to play music on precision-crafted flutes made from altered extrusions.

Paul Andrew Wandless 

Silkscreens for Clay Printing 
Making your own silkscreen frame for printing images on clay gives you more options.

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Dana Bilello-Barrow
Pieces and Parts Make a Whole
Creating resist patterning on raku pots just requires some masking tape and a little smoke and fire.

John Conrad

Inside/Outside Stripes


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Deanna Ranlett
Building a Glaze Pantry

Mixing your own glazes requires more than a good recipe; it starts with a well-stocked pantry.

Daryl E. Baird 


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Sumi von Dassow’s In the Kitchen
Micaceous Clay Bean Pots

Kate Missett

Hand-coloring Photo 

 Pottery Illustrated by Robin Ouellette 

Japanese Tea Bowl Shapes

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