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tony-furtado

What has two hands, half a dozen musical instruments, a boatload of musical talent, and an incredible way with clay? It’s a who, not a what, of course. Tony Furtado is a Renaissance guy who began his love affair with both music and clay in the sixth grade, quite few years ago. He has never stopped and has grown in leaps and bounds. Read more…

husband

Handbuilders Monthly brings you yet another prolific and accomplished potter’s take on surface decorating. Terry Cervantes makes gorgeous moon-faced porcelain functional ware. I can’t stop looking at her work! Read more…

toms-kiln

Tom Vician, ceramics prof at McHenry County College and prolific maker of clay art, loves to explore alternative firing methods. At least once each term, Tom leads his students through a wood pit fire and a soda fire. This photo essay gives you a good idea of the steps involved in a successful soda firing process—specifically, building a soda fire kiln. Read more…

sarah-clark

Sarah Clark—One of my favorite things about handbuilding pottery is discovering new items to use as tools.  Even better, I make tools from inexpensive materials. I have discovered many uses for craft foam sheets.  All of my mug and tumbler patterns are made out of craft foam instead of tar paper. Read more…

toms-slip

Casting slip is simple but time consuming to make. Slip casting is a sort of mass production technique for pottery and ceramics. It’s awesome for pottery shapes and vessels not easily made on a wheel, especially wares that you’d like to have look consistent—like things you produce for sales or shows. Read more…

aftcra

Aftcra.com is an online handmade art market where you can buy and sell products handmade by artisans in the USA. All Aftcra shops have to be owned and maintained by the product maker, not by a third-party, and only handmade products are allowedRead more…