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Gary Carstens Ceramic Disc Art

The very first Gary Carstens ceramic disc art is proudly displayed by a collector in Chicago’s North Shore area. Carstens discs represent the view Gary came to love outside a friend’s cottage in the woods. Gary kept looking through the trees and seeing design possibilities in the depth of a vista of tall, narrow trees, one behind another. Read more…

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Clay Pot Water Filters for Peace

Potters for Peace—their common language is clay. Meet a U.S. based not-for-profit organization that works in two clay-related endeavors. They collaborate with subsistence potters in Central America to help clay workers improve their quality of life. Potters for Peace also works throughout the world to establish factories that produce life-saving clay pot water filters. They replace toxic drinking water with 99% pure water. Read more…

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Barbecue Grill Firing Ceramics

Two talented potters generously agreed to share their experiences grill firing ceramics in a backyard barbecue. We connected with Jennifer Corfield of Coventry, United Kingdom, and with Lyla Hoffman of New Mexico. (U.S.) Read more…

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Want Access to an Anagama Kiln?

The anagama kiln, a classic wood fire kiln, is easily accessible and widely available.  Adamah Clay Center, a lovely clay worker secret, is situated in lush green hills outside Dodgeville, WI, about thirty minutes from Madison. With visitors from many countries, this ceramic-art based conference and retreat center boasts a to-die-for ana-nobori-gama, wood fire kiln. Read more…

Amy Roberson's Water Etchings

Safe Ceramic Surface Etching—with WATER!

Ceramic surface etching gives a multi-level, textured, creative look to pottery. Mostly, handbuilders think they need scary chemicals, messy latex, or even shellac as resists for water etching. Georgia potter Amy Roberson has a secret ingredient for her beautifully etched functional clay ware. Read more…

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Ceramic Lace Surfaces

Ceramic lace surfaces are a delicate and unusual way to dress up almost any pot, functional or decorative. Our good friend, Ann Marie Whitmore is an experienced handbuilder. She uses her collection of antique lace doilies to create refined ceramic lace surfaces on her beautiful functional pots. Read more…

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Fast Clay Bisque Image Transfer

Transferring an image to clay—bisque image transfer? Here’s a super fast, dead easy method that anyone can do. It works to transfer almost any image. Takes minutes. You have total control. Read more…