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About Handbuilders Monthly

Handbuilders Monthly aims to provide high-quality content for potters interested in making art and functional pottery without a wheel. We provide articles, videos, and images about news in the field of ceramics, clay making, and pottery. We bring you interviews, how to articles, resources, interesting tools, and anything else we find that might help you advance and enjoy your potting and making.

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Handbuilders Monthly is a subscription-based website published by Maryan and Dan Pelland. An annual subscription is $18. We welcome comments, ideas, and suggestions from readers, no matter your level of experience with clay. If you have a tool, a tip, or a process that makes your heart swell with joy, reach out to us and let’s develop a story!

About Maryan Pelland and Dan Pelland

maryan pellandHBM Publisher, Maryan Pelland, is a writer, editor, publisher, and mentor with three decades’ professional experience in the publishing industry. She has more than 1,000 by-lined articles online and in print for major publications world-wide. Maryan has written and ghosted a dozen non-fiction books. Recently sort-of-retired, she focuses now on developing content for artists’ and creatives’ websites, like Hand Builders Monthly, and related social media. Many of Maryan’s daylight hours are spent in her home clay studio or at McHenry County College’s outstanding ceramics studio. Maryan is a skilled photographer, painter, maker of miniature furniture, and a mudslinging pyromaniac (potter…)

HBM Technical Wizard, Dan Pelland, a retired mechanical engineer, runs a successful web design anddan pelland development studio serving small to medium businesses and creative people. Combining design experience with outstanding photography skills and graphic expertise, he makes user-friendly, professional quality websites for clients like Hand Builders Monthly. Dan builds custom contact photo printing frames and continues to make outstanding photographs for personal and commercial use. Spare time? Sure. He’a a potter, too.

The Pellands have, since 1997, forged wonderful relationships with other artists and writers all over the U.S. and around the world. They’ll access those awesome people’s talents and experiences to fill the pages of Hand Builders Monthly. Subscribe! Don’t miss a single issue!