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wedging

Why Are We Wedging Clay, Anyway?

Wedging clay is not one of the favorite ceramic studio activities of any potter we know. Wedging clay takes time, effort, muscle, and can be aggravating. But, like prepping a wall when you paint, or sifting dry ingredients when making fine pastry, wedging clay is a necessary evil. Read more…

slump-molds

Making Plaster Slump Molds

You can make plaster slump molds for ceramic bowls, platters, or other handbuilt clay objects in your own studio. This task is incredibly simple, a good project to involve beginners or children in, and it has countless variations. Your choice of plaster slump molds is only limited by your imagination and clay vision. Read more…

raku

Recipe for a Raku Firing Slip

This is the raku firing slip that tends to peel and crackle as it dries. To envision the effect, think of the mud on a woodland path after a spate of dry weather. The mud is smooth, but lays in platelets that are peeling and curling as they shrink. If that look meets your clay decoration goal, here’s your slipping process. Read more…

makers-marks

Clay Maker Mark, Chops, Signatures

If you’re ready to totally legitimize your pottery making process, you need a clay maker mark, chop, signature, or a way of identifying your work as your own. A clay maker mark is an identifier that is stamped, scribed, pressed, or in a myriad of other ways, added to the bottom or side of a ceramic pot. Read more…

fall-tours

Go for the Fall Pottery Tours

Fall pottery tours abound. Fall is a terrific time to pack up the car and head out for a weekend pottery tour. You get the benefit of gorgeous fall colors and an opportunity to meet hospitable potters. These folks are professional artists who spend much of their time in their studios, working alone or with other potters. Read more…

jobs

Ceramics Jobs Opportunities

We’ve collected a range of ceramics jobs opportunities for you to consider as summer comes to a close. There are lots of jobs available in our chosen field of ceramics—cruise the Internet for more. Read more…