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MaryLou Mateja

 

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CAN YOU BUILD YOUR OWN POTTERY KILN?

One sunny morning a venerable old potter, who was downsizing her operation, offered us an old non-working kiln. Being foolish adventurers, we accepted!  So we got this, right? Read more…

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HOW TO EVALUATE A USED KILN

Buying a used kiln for your pottery is risky, but a little knowledge and preparation improves your chances of getting an appliance that will serve you well. Read more…

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DIGGING CLAY FOR TRUE HAND BUILDING

Hand building with clay is the root of human crafting. The next logical regression is finding and digging clay for making pots. Excavating and processing clay sounds like work, but some potters love the idea. Therefore, we give you…getting your own mud. Read more…

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HAND BUILD A CLAY SPHERICON

A sphericon is a shape you may not be familiar with, but it’s a totally interesting, versatile hand building project. I stumbled across this in a newsletter I read. The clay sphericon shape looked like fun, so I sat down to try it out. Read more…

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6 SECRETS FOR PROTECTING GREENWARE

We have six top tips for protecting greenware. Not all potters have a kiln in their home studio. Sometimes, ceramics have to be moved before they’re fired, and greenware is delicate. Glazes scratch or chip. Slip transfers and decals get dinged. Read more…

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FIX POTTERY CRACKS AT ANY STAGE

We talked with long-time potter, MaryLou Mateja of Marengo, IL, to get some of her tried and true secrets. Mary Lou is a genius when it comes to repairing ceramic and pottery cracks to save a pot from the landfill. Read more…

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POTTERY TOOLS ESSENTIALS

Clay hand builders rely on pottery tools to augment what our hands and fingers can accomplish. We’re always on the lookout for found objects or manufactured tools. Collecting pottery tools can be as much fun as working in ceramics. Here are five tools we find interesting, plus a bonus studio idea. Read more…