In today’s post, Paul Donnelly takes us through
his handle-making process. It’s a great alternative to pulled handles
because it cuts down on the mess and the drying time, and still makes
lovely, elegant handles. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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.
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. Today, Paul Donnelly explains how he makes his tea trays using a combination of wheel throwing, press molding and slab-building techniques.
The mission of the Division of Ceramic Art at Alfred is to educate ceramics artists at the undergraduate and graduate level to the limits of the imagination. At Alfred, the faculty believes in the critical development of concept and individual point of view, as well as establishing a solid foundation in materials, process—technology, equipment—and skill. A knowledge of art history, including ceramic art history and a national/international cultural awareness is considered important. The faculty welcome students from around the world and look forward to listening to them. Clearly, the students are the future of ceramic art.