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A Close Inspection of a Custom Clay Tool Kit

Selecting your tools is an important part of making. Every tool creates a different mark, and it is up to the artist to choose what marks they want to make. While in grad school, I was asked about the types of tools I use and why I chose them. I realized that I have a... Read More »

January Clay Club update: more about the Switcheroo/Collaboratorium AND carpooling to this month's meeting

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I wanted to share some clarifications about the Clay Club Switcheroo/Collaboratium project (read what I posted earlier here: We'll talk more about this duringShow More Summary

Two Great Cone 6 Ceramic Glazes that Look Great Layered and On Their Own

I fire to Cone 6 in my electric kiln and I am always on the lookout for great Cone 6 glaze recipes. It is so wonderful when you find glazes you adore. It’s even better when you can find two or more glazes you adore, AND that work well together!In today’s post, an excerpt from... Read More »

How to Facet Wheel Thrown Pottery with a Homemade Twisted Wire Tool

Once you have mastered wheel throwing, you can get a little tired of round pots. Faceting pottery is a fun way to fight “round pot boredom.” Many potters facet on stiffened up pots, but Gay Smith prefers faceting before she even takes the pot off the wheel. She loves the spontaneity and the fact that... Read More »

Sculpture Techniques

Clay is the most versatile sculpture material around. It’s easy to use, readily available, inexpensive, and perfect for creating works of almost any size or shape. For thousands of years, artists have used clay to stir their imagination...Show More Summary

Altering Surface and Form in Freshly Thrown Pots

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Video Series, Gertrude Graham (nicknamed Gay) Smith shares the ways she works with freshly thrown pots to alter surface and form. Enamored with the tactile and responsive nature of clay,Show More Summary

How to Make Marbled Effects on Pottery Using Colored Clay Slabs

Mixing contrasting ceramic stains into a white clay body and then handbuilding with them can lead to some incredible pottery surfaces. For Naomi Lindenfeld, working with colored clays is a way to create active, engaging surfaces reminiscent of the textiles her mother once made.In today’s post, an excerpt from the January 2016 issue of Ceramics... Read More »

High-Fire Glazes

Whether you fire in oxidation, reduction, or neutral—with gas, electricity, or wood—High Fire Glazes delivers an enormous array of surface possibilities. The recipes in this book have been used and tested by more professional artists, over a longer period of time, than those at other temperature ranges. Show More Summary

Precise Piercing: Using Geometric Principles to Create Stunningly Carved Pieces

I first saw Eric Stearns' work on social media. He posted this crazy cool video of his piercing process and I was mesmerized! My interest in carving and piercing clay has never been high, but after watching Eric work, I knew I needed to try this. His piercing technique piqued my interest and inspired me to... Read More »

15 Tried and True Cone 6 Glaze Recipes: Recipe Cards for our Favorite Mid-Range Pottery Glazes

Good news cone 6 potters! We've gathered some of our favorite cone 6 glaze recipes in a convenient recipe-card format, perfect for printing and taking to the pottery studio. If you are interested in building a collection of beautiful cone 6 pottery glazes, you've found the perfect resource. Show More Summary

A Simple Handle Pulling Technique to Dress Up Your Pottery

Over the past couple of years, I have been in an ongoing quest to make the perfect handles for my pottery. I have tried a million different techniques, and I am getting closer, but I am still not completely satisfied with my handles.But, onward and upward (hopefully) I will go, and today’s video provides some... Read More »

TRAC studio tour follow-up meeting in Spruce Pine

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Mitchell and Yancey County artists: here is your opportunity to provide input on the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) studio tours! TRAC will be holding a meeting this Thursday, January 14th, at 5 pm, at the Arts Resource Center, upstairs at the TRAC gallery in Spruce Pine. Show More Summary

Price reduced on Peter Pugger Mfg. Pugger and Mixer for Sale in South Asheville

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Now asking $2,400.00 OBOVPM 20 Pugger-Mixer110 Volts, 1 phase with rolling standPurchased August 2001 - used 3 times with stonewarePurchase Price $3,829.00Current 2015 retail price is $4,427.00Call 828 684 9608 - leave message and please repeat your contact info twice.(Original post here:

Goal Setting, January Too Oh! Won Six

Bisquing today. It's nice to hear the hiss of the burners again. Usually I don't fire in January, but this year I have an order waiting - nice - and it's not nearly so cold, also nice. While the kiln is firing, clay work is on hold, so now is a good time to clean, and to do a little goal setting.2014 was the Year of Always Working. Show More Summary

Center for Creative Entrepreneurship launched in downtown Asheville

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UNC Asheville and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design move forward with The Hive, a creative campus planned for downtown Asheville.From the UNC Asheville press release:"UNC Asheville and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) have partnered to launch the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship. Show More Summary


Quiet Jaunary. The rain continues to fall, the temperature has dropped. Our house is dark with soft gray light filtered through the shades and draperies. I left the white twinkly lights from Christmas, they make everything feel so cozy.I look forward to crawling in my bed at night, under the quilts, the soft worn sheets are a comfort. Show More Summary

Be Happy.....

You can take almost any road heading east from my house and it will get you to the coast eventually. One route will take you through South of the Border. If you live around here, you most likely have seen or heard of this insanely ridiculous place. Show More Summary

A Roll and a Roll

After the installation of the storm door, which has been on the to-do list for ten years, I finally finished a wallpaper frieze in the guest room that I planned at least nine years ago. Like a lot of postponed projects, it was not difficult to do - it was getting started that was hard. Show More Summary

Edmund de Waal's "white road": journey into an obsession, or a pilgrimage of sorts?

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The US edition of "The White Road: Journey into an Obsession," Edmund de Waal's story of his exploration of the history of porcelain, is now available. It includes the story of Josiah Wedgwood's successful search for kaolin in the Cherokee...Show More Summary


Back into the workshop after the break, to find the half started teapots, abandoned when Christmas hit. Bodies, lids and spouts have been patiently keeping sweet in the damp cupboard waiting to be completed. I just managed to get the handles extruded and shaped, then New Year hit. Show More Summary

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