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Kiln Goodies

3 weeks agoArts / Ceramics : NKP Designs

Lots of kiln goodies going on here. This was a cone six firing with some of the new Celadon glazes from Amaco but there are a couple of Laguna glazes as well. And can you figure out which ones have only been glazed with a light coatShow More Summary

RIP Tracy Dotson

3 weeks agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Tracy Dotson has passed away. He will be missed. Tracy was a good guy who helped a lot of potters in our area with kilns and general pottery stuff. E.g.:Here is Tracy in his element! Here is one he built for Yummy Mud Puddle: Claudia writes:"My work took a dramatic turn when Tracy Dotson of Penland built my first gas reduction kiln. Show More Summary

Thursday Inspiration: Ursula Hargens

See more of Ursula's lovely, botanically-inspired work here and here.

Lazy Evening

Last night was the first of many, I hope, warm evenings on the deck, drinking seltzer and being lazy.Lazy looks different for the self-employed, however, as I'm sure my potter-ful readership is aware. For us, lazy often means "working...Show More Summary

How to Incorporate Colored Clay into Delicate Pinched Coil Vases

With their delicate undulating rims, Cheryl Malone’s seemingly paper-thin vases bear a striking resemblance to flower petals. No surprise since Cheryl is inspired by the growth patterns of plants and their similarities to the coil building...Show More Summary

Time to Warm Up! 5 Red and Orange Glaze Recipes

After a long brutal winter, spring is hopefully here to stay. So to go with the warming temperatures, I thought I would share some recipes for warm colored glazes. Today, in an excerpt from her book Colour in Glazes, Linda Bloomfield shares some glaze recipes for lovely red and orange hues.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.  

How to Throw a Large Serving Bowl in a Bisque Mold

I have tried many different approaches to throwing bowls, but until filming Lisa Orr's video (which makes its debut today!), I had never thought to throw a bowl in a bisque mold. Lisa uses this technique so that she can carve low-relief decoration into the mold, which then shows up on the outside of the bowl she makes. Show More Summary

How to Map Out a Complex Wall Installation

Making a large wall piece out of hundreds of forms requires some serious planning, mapping, and methodical organization, along with a whole lot of patience and passion. But if done right, the results are stunning. In today’s post, an...Show More Summary

Cutting and Pasting to Create New Pottery Forms

Shana Salaff prefers to design new forms by cutting and pasting components and playing around until she arrives at a form she likes. Sometimes she even goes back to shapes that she thinks she is too comfortable with and deliberately messes with them to see what happens. Show More Summary

Geidai University: A Self-Directed Approach to Learning Ceramics

Imagine you are a student and you are required to make a large pot using 22 pounds of clay. Now imagine that your instructor demonstrates how to do this once, and then leaves. At Tokyo University of the Fine Arts, also referred to as...Show More Summary

The Drop-Technique: How to Make Softly Textured Tiles

Lana Wilson is known for her textured surfaces and she has some pretty fun ways of coming up with said texture. Take for example her “drop technique tiles.” Looking at these, it is a little bit difficult to figure out exactly how the soft-edged texture was created. Show More Summary

Lose Weight, Get Strong: Put Your Ceramic Work on the Paper Clay Diet

Paper clay improves joining capabilities and decreases warping and shrinkage, all the while reducing the heft of the work. This makes it ideal for building complex or delicate ceramic sculpture. Ceramic artist Lisa Merida-Paytes extols the virtues of paper clay in the upcoming issue of Pottery Making Illustrated and today we're giving you a preview of that article.

Odyssey Co-op Gallery is taking applications for membership

4 weeks agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

May is the Odyssey Co-op Gallery's recruiting month. We are a cooperative of 24 professional ceramic artisits in the Heart of the River Arts District. We welcome applications from clay artists who have beautiful/interesting work and are friendly, and a little computer savvy. Show More Summary

Studio Stroll This Weekend!

4 weeks agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

Stop by to see us at Odyssey 10am-6pm Saturday & Sunday

May Clay Club: tool swap at Penland

4 weeks agoArts / Ceramics : Clay Club

May Clay Club will be next Wednesday, May 13, at 6 pm at the Penland School of Crafts Clay Studio. Thanks to Susan Feagin for making this possible!We'll be having a tool swap. Bring a tool you don't use and swap it for somebody else's.Susan says the wheels will be available, if anyone wants to do a demo. Show More Summary

Adding Promo Codes to Paypal Buttons

So, I was shopping online the other day, and looking to buy a t-shirt from The Gap. I found the shirt I was looking for, and I was sorely tempted to buy two, because I have one already and I know they are very soft, fit perfectly, blah-blah-blah. Show More Summary

Also, Water is Wet!

CNN is reporting a study which found that we are happier when we are creating.Well, duh.

Loken Pottery in the KJ!

The Pottery Tour brought a reporter from the Kennebec Journal to Neal and Barb Loken's studio! There's a nice story in Monday's edition: FARMINGDALE — Barbara Loken is quick to say that her husband, Neal, is the serious potter in the household. Show More Summary

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