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Sweet Hearts Sugar Bowl

35 minutes agoArts / Ceramics : Fine Mess Pottery

New item in the Pottery Shop - this little soda-fired sugar bowl. Best thing about it? THE BOTTOM. (I can say that, because you all are potters, and you understand.) The rest is nice too. Check it out here.

The Glaze Challenge

People often ask if I offer classes. I teach, but not at my studio. I'm not set up for that, and more than that I am far, far too much of an introvert to feel comfortable with other people in my space on the regular. Just in the last...Show More Summary

I got my life back

Last night I slept the most sound and peaceful sleep I have slept in over a year. Is anyone still out there? I never did figure out how to get my blog roll back and have not had a moment to find any of you out there.Well, a lot has happened in my little life. Show More Summary

Firing at Watershed: Results!

As commonly happens, the firing at Watershed was great! That soda kiln is a joy to firing. Look at these even cone packs! I had six participants in the workshop - small enough that (I hope) everybody got a satisfying number of pots in the kiln. Show More Summary

How to Create an Ornamental Yet Functional Handle

This clip was excerpted from Creating Curves with Clay, which is 40% off original list price in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!sale ends 5/29/17 at 7 am EDTHandles are something I struggled with for a long time. Once I started to get my handles the way I wanted, I realized that my pieces as a whole... Show More Summary

Making and Decorating for Surface Depth with Lisa Orr

NEW VIDEO RELEASE! In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Lisa Orr divulges the secrets of creating her expressive pots and sumptuous oozy surfaces. Lisa starts out with the building blocks of her forms—handmade...Show More Summary

The Extruder Video

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Daryl E. Baird draws on his extensive experience working with the clay extruder to demystify this useful piece of studio equipment. A little planning goes a long way,...Show More Summary

Pieces and Patterns

In this DVD, Deborah Schwartzkopf presents functional vessels made using a variety of construction techniques. She offers many different examples of working with clay that will enrich your skills whether you're a handbuilder or thrower. Show More Summary

Designing for Function with Paul Donnelly

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Paul Donnelly shares his varied techniques for making pottery that functions well both aesthetically and in use. Using his tea trays – a cup and saucer set with an expanded tray for a snack or a spoon – as examples, Paul demonstrates how he... Show More Summary

Function & Adornment: Handbuilding Functional & Decorative Forms with Kate Maury

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Kate Maury shares her techniques for creating highly decorative and ornate, yet functional forms. Beginning with a simple presentation of how to make a press or sprig mold from a found object, Kate moves on to demonstrate a variety of ways to use sprigs... Show More Summary

How to Make Kanna Trimming Tools

Most potters in the United States are very familiar with the loop trimming tools that come in the basic pottery tool kit, but after reading today’s post, they might want to investigate a particular type of Japanese pottery tool: kana or kanna trimming tools.Kanna trimming tools do not have a loop, but are one piece... Show More Summary

Scenes from a Firing

Most photos by Cindy Chiuchiolo - thanks Cindy! Last weekend I did a firing workshop at Watershed with a superfun group of ladies from Maine and Massachusetts. We were graced with perfect weather - low 70s and sunny skies. We glazed Saturday morning, loaded Saturday afternoon, candled the kiln overnight, and fired on Sunday. Show More Summary

do the work

Over the past 6 weeks or so I've been getting back into a morning routine. It's not the same as my old routine before my mom died. For one, it starts much later in the morning since I can't seem to get out of bed before 7 AM. And that's a vast improvement over my 10 AM wake-up that I was in for a while. Show More Summary

Artist Q&A: Meet Giselle Hicks

Ceramics Monthly: What sparks your creativity? Giselle Hicks: A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, passages from Virginia Woolf or John Steinbeck novels, or an essay on still life might spark an idea. I look at design magazines, historical ceramics, textiles, architecture, and also try to keep my eye on... Show More Summary

How to Make Interesting Animated Teapot Feet

This clip was excerpted from Figure to Function: Altered Pots Inspired by the Human Form, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop! Make a Four-Footed Wheel-Thrown TeapotFor years, I have wondered how Tara Wilson makes her charming animated teapot feet. Show More Summary

FREE Slide Lecture: Fong Choo

last weekArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Fong Choo will be presenting a slide lecture on Tuesday, June 6 at 1pm at Odyssey ClayWorks. This special event is FREE and open to the public. Please join us!

Challenging Aesthetics, Or, The Last Juicy Mug from The Juicy Firing

There was a super- juicy area in this last kiln - no dry spots (YAY) but there was a region that got heavy soda, so much glaze it flowed in rivulets on some pots. As it does when it's fired in reduction, the thick soda glass turned charcoal...wait,...Show More Summary

How to Make Cane Handles for Pottery

If you are looking for an different and interesting way to make handles for your pots, you might want to investigate how to make cane handles. Sure, you can buy pre-made cane or bamboo handles for pottery, but if you make them yourself, you can really make your mark.In today’s post, an excerpt from the... Show More Summary

Rivers of Glaze

Sometimes pots turn out pretty much like I planned. Sometimes, not so much! In this case the kiln seemed to have ideas of its own: $36 - Click here for purchase information It's a very nice mug in the hand, too - an intriguing landscape of impressed hearts for fingers to explore. Show More Summary

Brent wheel for sale

last weekArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

The wheel is located at Mudhoneyz Studio near Weaverville, North Carolina. Here are the details from Molly Walter:I have a gently used Brent C model wheel for sale. I bought it in 2013, and it has only been used for 2 years since that time. Starting price is $800, but open to negotiation. Original price $1,200 newContact Molly at

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