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Which National Clay Week?

Yep, it’s about to be National Clay Week in the U.S. The little-known holiday is celebrated in June each year. However, they may be about to get some competition from some big guys. Social media is circulating a post about the premier of a new National Clay Week. It’s in October. Read more…

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Summer Art Fairs – an Assortment

Summer art fairs are everywhere — almost all welcome ceramic arts. Here’s a list of some that we’ve run across. Many of these summer art fairs have already closed submissions for this year. But think about entries for 2017 and visit the ones that look interesting to you. Read more…

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Handbuilding Jomon Pottery

Jomon pots are part of our ceramic DNA—they are where we came from. Emulating those ancient handbuilders seems natural and right. The pottery is named for the simple designs made by pressing rope, cord, or twine into the clay surface. Read more…

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Making Ceramic Jewelry — Shawna Barnes

Making ceramic jewelry is a classic revenue stream for clay artists. Shawna Mayo Barnes, the subject of our clay artist interview this month, offers a step-by step outline of how she makes marketable, handbuilt ceramic jewelry. Read more…

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Ceramicist Shawna Mayo Barnes

Ceramicist Shawna Mayo Barnes is a Renaissance woman. In 2007, she enlisted for what should have been a U.S. Army career. After seven months deployed in Iraq, the Universe had other plans for this motivated and courageous woman. Read more…

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Whale Tail Clay Spouts

Look to whale tail clay spouts if you have trouble finishing your ceramic pitchers or clay teapots. A very simple template can make your spouts practically perfect every time and de-stress your handbuilding efforts. Read more…

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Lana Wilson Clay Surfaces

Lana Wilson is a well-established potter, who constantly comes up with intriguing ways to change the surfaces of clay work. One of my favorites of Lana’s techniques is her slip and underglaze layering. Read more…

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Clay Cyanotypes

Making clay cyanotypes is exactly like making a cyanotype photographic print on paper. A cyanotype is a photographic contact image that is produced in tones of blue instead of the more familiar black and white. Read more…

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Feathering Clay

Feathering clay is a technique that dates back a century or more. Feathering clay a simple, but versatile technique that helps gently blend colors while adding visual, and sometimes tactile, texture to your surfaces. Read more…

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Raku Firing Basics

Raku firing is the hot topic of the year. Handbuilders Monthly is delighted to bring you insights from raku master, Steven Branfman, of The PottersShop and School in Needham, MA. Read more…

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Sarawak—Deaf Potters in Borneo

Deaf potters? Sure! I’ve even found news articles about blind potters, and that proves how hands-on and accessible clay work can be. Read more…