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A Potter Shares the Lessons She has Learned from Tracking Her Hourly Earnings

Wondering how much money you actually make selling pots—after accounting for labor, materials, show fees, marketing, selling, packing, shipping, travel, general paperwork, etc? Mea Rhee tracked and figured out her hourly earnings in 2010, which she shared in Ceramics Monthly and on CAD a few years ago. Show More Summary

Birdie Mold

20 hours agoArts / Ceramics : NKP Designs

The last time I took my bisque beads out of the kiln, I discovered that I had forgotten to insert a stringing hole into a tiny bird I had formed. Today I took that bird and two pieces of clay and made a small mold from it.I also took 5 pattern greenware stamps that I created and tested them out. Show More Summary

beautiful mistakes

I was working on one of my new pieces a couple of weeks ago. It was a large platter-type thing. Wide and flat with 90 degree sides that were just over an inch high. I sketched in a lotus and lily pad motif on both sides over layers of green and blue underglaze, and I liked how it looked. Show More Summary

Dementors and Grindylows

Grindylow J.K. Rowling has said that when she wrote the dementors in the Harry Potter series, she meant for them to describe what depression feels like: the despair, the hopelessness, the replaying of bad memories. That all sounds about...Show More Summary

Glazing and Photo Taking

I spent much of the weekend glazing beads. I was going to fire the kiln today but other things are going to take up my time and I might not be able to remember to turn up the kiln at regular intervals.Earlier this morning I took 97 photos and three were worthy. Show More Summary

Lamp, Vase and Alter Forms Workshop in Chapel Hill May 30-31, 2015

yesterdayArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

There are still some spots available in the hands-on pottery workshop I'll be teaching at my friend Cely Chicurel's studio in Chapel Hill, NC this coming weekend. Please help spread the word to any potters you might know North Carolina. Show More Summary

Asian Pottery Exhibition in Brevard NC

2 days agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

David Voorhees writes............On Friday I was able to get by to see an amazing show that Judith is hosting at her pottery. I commented that more potters would love to see it while it is still here. Judith asked me to get you to post...Show More Summary

A Blessing for one who is Exhausted

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,Time takes on the strain until it breaks;Then all the unattended stress falls inOn the mind like an endless, increasing weight,The light in the mind becomes dim.Things you could take in your...Show More Summary

Gallery Stroll in Bakersville tonight!

3 days agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Bakersville Art and Dine gallery stroll 5-8 pm tonight! Four galleries will be open, including Shane Mickey's new gallery. There's an opening reception for the Rock, Paper, Scissors exhibit at Mica Gallery, and Anita's Atelier and Crimson Laurel Gallery will be open, too. There's also an opening reception for a Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild exhibit at the Bakersville library.

Working with Homemade Tools and Bisque Molds to Create Texture on the Inside of a Bowl

What’s not to love about texture and clay? After all, it’s clay’s wonderful malleability that got us all hooked in the first place. And textured clay can work so well with glaze.   In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Low Tech Clay: High End Results, Kari Radasch shares a simple technique for... Read More »

Bisque Bead Buildup

5 days agoArts / Ceramics : NKP Designs

This is how I relax. I take a ball of clay on my lap and form beads. I am glad that though my fingers are sprained, I can still make beads. They are better today than yesterday and tomorrow they will be better than today.When this 'shoebox' is full, I will put them into my smaller bead kiln for their first firing. Show More Summary

Electron Microscope images of clay and minerals

5 days agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club


6 days agoArts / Ceramics : NKP Designs

I don't make many of these, beads without holes, also known as cabochons. This one has been signed with my potter mark on the back. It is also being offered over at the Ceramic Art Bead Marketplace on Facebook.In other news, it was supposed to rain all day long but it did not rain. Show More Summary

Ceramic Science for the Potter - Book $2.51

6 days agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club is an amazing deal!

FREE Slide Lecture: Deborah Schwartzkopf

6 days agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Deborah Schwartzkopf will be giving a slide lecture next Tuesday, May 26 at 1pm at Odyssey ClayWorks. The presentation is FREE and open to the public. Please join us! There is still room to participate in her week-long hands-on workshop. Click here to register.


last weekArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

JOB OPENING FOR POTTER INSTRUCTOR AT GIRLS SUMMER CAMP:Rockbrook Camp, a girls summer camp in Brevard, NC, is looking for assistant staff for their pottery program. It is a 5 day a week position with Wednesday and Sunday off and runs from the end of May through mid August. Show More Summary

Spring Fling this weekend and the windows are squeaky clean

It is Spring Fling this weekend and the windows have never been so clean, well at least not since this time last year. Everything has been washed down and dusted and Rodger helped to mount two of the 3D pictures on the wall. It was rewarding to see them up. Show More Summary


last weekArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Hey Potters, The TWISTED LAUREL GALLERY in Spruce Pine NC is having an OPEN call for cups. They want to have 999 ! The deadline to submit cups is May 26-30 because the show is June 5 - 27, 2015. There is no jury, you just call JoAnn at 828-765-1562. Show More Summary

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

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. Show More Summary

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