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4 Successful Potters Give Advice on How to Make a Living Making Pottery

Posted On May 20, 2015 1 Comment

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 four successful potters that might just help you when making your plan. In this excerpt from this year’s working potters issue of Ceramics Monthly, Amelia Stamps, Anderson Bailey, Steven Rolf, and Jeremy Ayers share their tips and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Making it Work as a Nomadic Potter

Posted On June 2, 2014 1 Comment

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 studios in two different countries, discusses how her nomadic lifestyle creates both logistical challenges and creative inspiration.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


PS. Read the rest of Yasha’s story, and see more images of her work in the June/July/August 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly.


Potter Nan Coffin Shares the Story of Her Career in Clay

Posted On June 3, 2013 2 Comments

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 kick wheels and kilns, to the lovely San Diego studio where she works today. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


A Pottery Paycheck: Expert Insights into Making a Living as a Potter

Posted On February 11, 2013 8 Comments

The Working Potters issue is back. In it, eight fulltime potters share their trials, tribulations and triumphs working for a living in this field. Today, we’ll present an excerpt from that article.


Working Potters Series: Linda Christianson Shares the Tale of her Adventurous Life in Pottery

Posted On June 25, 2012 8 Comments

For potter Linda Christianson, making pottery wasn’t a career, but more of a requirement that the rest of her life would just have to adjust to. In today’s post, Linda shares how did whatever it would take to make her life with pottery possible. From setting up a self service pottery shop at the end of her driveway, to living in a rent-free farmhouse with no heat or electricity, Linda shares how her determination and hard work lead her to the successful way of life she has today.


Working Potter Mark Knott Shares his Secrets to Success in Pottery

Posted On May 23, 2012 6 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the Ceramics Monthly’s Working Potter series, successful potter Mark Knott shares his approach to the handmade pottery business.

Photo of Victoria Christen hard at work in her pottery studio.

Working Potter Victoria Christen Discusses her Road to Success

Posted On December 28, 2011 0 Comments
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 »
Yellow faceted box, 4½ in. (12 cm) in height, stoneware, gas reduction fired, 2009.

The Life and Times of a Successful Professional Potter

Posted On June 9, 2010 11 Comments

In today’s post, an excerpt from the Working Potters focus in the June/July/August 2010 issue of Ceramics Monthly, Sequoia Miller tells the story of how he went on from his first class at Greenwich House Pottery to establish a successful career for himself.

June/July/August Ceramics Monthly cover

Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2010

Posted On May 24, 2010 0 Comments

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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Photo of Mark Skudlarek in his studio.

Working Potters: Mark Skudlarek

Posted On May 21, 2010 1 Comment

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.