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Clay: A Studio Handbook

Posted On December 11, 2012 Comments Off on Clay: A Studio Handbook

Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in ceramics, author Vince Pitelka has created the most practical, all-inclusive studio handbook for students, studio artists, educators and all those interested in the art of clay. The ten chapters in Clay: A Studio Handbook address the full range of ceramic processes, and bring a lifetime of ceramic knowledge directly into the hands of potters. Concerned about safe and efficient studio operation, Pitelka pays diligent attention to safety practices.


Hugh Jenkins’ Volcano Kiln: Recuperating Waste Heat for Efficient Firing

Posted On December 9, 2009 3 Comments

As a studio artist, it is often hard to spend large sums of money, even if doing so would pay off in the long run, so glass artist Hugh Jenkins set out to determine just how well he could do with a home-built heat recuperator.

After an object is scanned from various angles, a three-dimensional digital model is made of all the scans and all of the points on the surface are mapped. The file can be altered or combined with other files before outputting to either a milling machine or a three-dimensional printer.

Combining Histories: Make, Scan, Mill, Print, Adjust, Repeat

Posted On October 21, 2009 3 Comments

For the past few years we have utilized several forms of rapid prototyping to explore new methods of creating form. At The Ohio State University ceramics program, we have a large Techno Isel CNC (computer numerically controlled) router and a Konica Minolta Vivid 910 3D scanner, a Z-Corp 510 3D printer and a soon-to-be-operational Epilog laser cutter. In an environment where research and development are crucial activities, we willingly embrace these new technologies in search of a balance between traditional craft and industrial practice.

Using Studio Space to Increase Profits

Posted On February 18, 2009 1 Comment

The old adage that time equals money is especially true in any labor-intensive activity. Making pottery is certainly an endeavor that requires direct labor to produce pottery for sale. Handmade pottery by definition requires physical attention from the potter during many stages of the operation.

Image of The Kiln Book Third Edition by Frederick L. Olsen

The Kiln Book

Posted On January 1, 2008 Comments Off on The Kiln Book
FIRING SPECIAL Buy THE KILN BOOK for $29.95 and getWOOD FIRING: JOURNEYS AND TECHNIQUES FREE     Fred Olsen is one of the leading pioneers in explaining everything about kilns to the studio potter and his book is one of the best selling references on the topic. This book covers it all from refractory materials… Read More »

The Potter’s Professional Handbook

Posted On January 29, 2007 Comments Off on The Potter’s Professional Handbook

The perfect resource for individuals wishing to take the next step in their involvement with clay. Written by Steven Branfman, The Potter’s Professional Handbook covers topics ranging from determining what a professional is to equipment selection, setting up shop, marketing your work, and much more. This book provides descriptions of the items necessary for a beginning professional potter and includes visual examples of items including sales slips, purchase orders, invoices, credit slips, and even floor plans of well-known potters’ studios.