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Can You Freeze Ceramic Clay? 

If you ask ten ceramics experts about whether you should freeze ceramic clay bodies, you’ll get ten different answers. Not a clay expert, I did the research and found sensible information that may guide you when your clay is accidentally frozen. Read more…

choose a good clay body

Choose a Good Clay Body for Your Ceramic Studio

Even when you’ve worked in ceramics for a while, can you choose a good clay body for your studio? It takes some thought. Do you want stoneware, earthenware, porcelain? High fire, low fire? What about grog? Paperclay? We looked at some factors to consider when you choose, and at some good sources. Read more…

potter's block

Potter’s block. You’ve heard of writer’s block. But why would anyone doubt that another kind of creative, say a potter, would struggle with inspiration? We who play with clay have times when ideas come as slowly as molasses pouring on a winter day. Let’s think about some ways to spark your imagination and spur your ideas. You can overcome potter’s block. Read more…

A chawan (茶碗) is a ceramic tea bowl used for preparing and drinking tea. There isn’t a potter or clay artist who has not made at least one ceramic tea bowl, but do you know anything about the significance and history of these humble vessels? Since we’re focusing in this issue on inspiration and overcoming potters’ block, the ceramic tea bowl is a perfect ware to consider for a few minutes. Read more…

breckenridge art fest

The summer ceramic fest and art show season is upon us, but remember there are festivals and shows all year round. You can find places to see great ceramic art or to exhibit your clay work all over the U.S. and the world. We’ve picked a few notable ceramic fests for you to consider. There are also notes below of festival listings online. Read more…