Probably every aspiring ceramic artist has pondered at great lengths how to make pottery their full time gig. It’s not an easy road these days, and if you want to succeed in the pottery business, you really need to make a good careful plan. In today’s post, we have gathered some great advice from… Read More »
It’s June, which means the Working Potters issue of Ceramics Monthly has hit the newsstands! I am always a fan of this issue because it gives a nice glimpse into how others (from all over the world) make this “studio potter thing” happen. In today’s post, Yasha Butler, an artist currently splitting her time between… Read More »
The Ceramics Monthly Working Potters issue is out! I always love this issue because I enjoy hearing other potters talk about how they got to wherever they happen to be in their careers. In this excerpt from not of the working potter articles, Nan Coffin tells about her journey, from her first hand built… Read More »
For many of us in the Ceramic Arts Daily community, making pottery is something we wished we were doing more often. We work hard to squeeze studio time in each week while juggling fulltime jobs, family, housework, sleep. We probably all fantasize at one time or another about opening a pottery and making a living… Read More »
We all know that making a living at pottery is incredibly challenging. If you are not a determined, hard worker, you might as well leave your pottery tools at the door. For potter Linda Christianson, making pottery wasn’t a career, but more of a requirement that the rest of her life would just… Read More »
I never get tired of talking to other potters about not only their processes in the studio, but also how they manage their businesses outside of the studio. I find there is always something to learn. In today’s post, an excerpt from the Ceramics Monthly’s Working Potter series, successful potter Mark Knott shares his… Read More »
I always find it fascinating to talk to other potters about how successful bodies of work came about. Victoria Christen started out as a sculptor, but after taking a break from sculpture and making some small pots, she came to realize that she really enjoyed the pace of making pots. She found it freeing to… Read More »
I never get tired of hearing how other artists came to pottery. That’s why I always enjoy the Working Potters issue of Ceramics Monthly. I could really relate to Sequoia Miller’s path because, like me, he studied something other than ceramics in undergrad, and when he got out, he didn’t have a clear idea of… Read More »
Focus: Working Potters
Are you good at making tough decisions, setting priorities and sticking to them, working six to seven days a week, keeping your overhead low, living frugally, and sticking to deadlines? Then you should become a professional potter. Oh, by the way, you also must be really good at making really good pots—lots of them. You may be surprised to know that there are quite a few people who fit this description, and we’re featuring six of them in this issue.
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The initial reason I wanted to make a living at pottery was that it would provide me with a degree of independence. I imagine this was instilled in me growing up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. I was accustomed to work but what I enjoyed about pottery (and farming) was the cyclical nature of the occupation and the ability to live and work from home.