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Make a Ceramic Jack o Lantern Pumpkin

September 21, 2020

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Covid 19 Make a Pinch Form Teapot

May 16, 2020

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Covid Ceramics for Sanity Sake

March 28, 2020

We all know that artists habitually memorialize major  events in their work. There are cave paintings in Lascaux, France and petroglyphs in Fountain Bluff, Illinois. Photographers in Louisiana immortalized the devastation of Katrina. And so it goes. Right now, the world is dealing with Covid 19 and artists are on it. HandbuildersMonthly has spent a few days collecting works by potters who, hunkered down in their home studios, are memorializing the pandemic that nobody believed… Read more

Ceramic Clay 3D Printing

September 27, 2019

3D printing is creating 3D solid objects from a model or digital plan on a computer. Such objects are built up layer by layer, in an automated environment. Mostly, because of early iterations of 3D printers, 3D printers use plastic media. Plastic is easy to use, has unlimited shelf life, and is often cheap. But the 3D universe is getting more exciting as printers are invented that can use other materials — like ceramic clay… Read more

A Dozen Quick Ceramic Tips from Potters

June 26, 2019

We’ve gathered a dozen quick ceramic tips from other potters and from our reading around the web. Got more quick ceramic tips? Post in comments, please. Liquid, premixed, commercial glazes that you buy in 2-ounce, pint, or gallon containers are typically formulated for smooth, easy brushing. the manufacturers add ingredients like gum to keep glaze components suspended pretty permanently. These glazes flow nicely off your brushes. They’re convenient and easy to store, making them the… Read more

Shawna Barnes on Ceramics Cold Finishing

May 27, 2019

Shawna Barnes is a good friend of HandbuildersMonthly.com. She is developing a quick course on cold finishing ceramic work. Cold finishing is, simply, applying color and surface treatments after work has been completely fired. You don’t rely on glaze to create your surfaces. You work with paints, powders, varnishes, and printing, to name a few. Some artists use makeup for cold finishing. Others use metallic treatments or even vegetable dies. There is almost no limit… Read more

Eugene Daub Ceramic Sculpture

May 17, 2019

Eugene Daub is an American ceramicist and sculptor working in both wet clay and oil-base clay. Eugene Daub ceramic sculpture can be massive memorials reliefs or imposing statues. He does small commemorative medals and figurative 3D portraits of famous people. Eugene’s attention to detail is strikingly authentic no matter the scale of the pieces. In Eugene’s workshops, he helps ceramic artists of all experience level realize their desires to work in three dimensions. HandbuildersMonthly.com recently… Read more

Non-Fire Alternative Cold Finishes for Non-Functional Ceramics

March 16, 2019

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Bubble Glazing for Ceramic Surface Decoration

November 26, 2018

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Make a DIY Clay Shrinkage Ruler

September 28, 2018

You need a clay shrinkage ruler. The shrinkage rate of your clay is critical to handbuilding pieces that meet your needs an specifications. All clay bodies shrink as they are fired. They clay shrinks as it dries, while it’s bisqued and then clay shrinks more when glaze fired or finish fired.  Shrinkage is the rate at which the clay body reduces in size or mass during drying and firing. Stoneware, for example, can shrink anywhere… Read more

Making Durable Templates for Ceramic Slab Work

September 28, 2018

Jeff Heubner shows how to make very durable templates for ceramic slab work. He gave us permission to share his informative video with you. This technique will enhance your studio tool kit and make duplicating slab built vessels and wares foolproof. Jeff’s video is short and to the point. is process suggests a number of readily available materials to use in making templates for your ceramics studio. All produce a washable, reusable durable template for… Read more

Julia Timm Overnight Ceramic Art Success in Just 14 Years

September 9, 2018

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How to Get Your Pottery and Ceramics into a Gallery

June 11, 2018

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Very Simple Wadding for Ceramic Clay Firing

June 1, 2018

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Yixing Ware Zisha Hu, the Best Teapots

April 16, 2018

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Stuff You Want to Know About Ceramics

March 19, 2018

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Alternative Firing Ceramic Artist Residency

February 26, 2018

Carolina Porras, Artist Residency Program Manager at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado just notified us of a fully funded Elsewhere Studio Alternative Firing Ceramic Artist Residency, but you have to move fast to apply! Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado is offering a one month fully-funded residency for a ceramic artist interested in working with alternative firing techniques such as pit firing and saggar. The residency will take place in fall 2018 ( September, October, November… Read more

Pump Up Your Creativity with Ceramics Notebooks

February 26, 2018

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Interesting Claybody Additions for Ceramic Texture

February 22, 2018

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Exploring Cubism and Clay Sculpture

January 17, 2018

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Ceramic Studio Safety

January 8, 2018

  The beginning the new year 2018! Let’s review ceramic studio safety ideas. Whether you work in a community pottery studio, a school studio, or your home studio, clay safety is critical. We’ve gathered these ideas from friends and from expert sources.  It’s easy to overlook ceramic studio safety as we get immersed in our work. Let’s recall the basics. Ceramic Studio Safety Clean, orderly work spaces and equipment are not only a pleasure, they’re… Read more

Making Toshiko Takaezu Ceramic Moon Pots

December 19, 2017

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10 Awesome Pottery Blogs and Podcasts to Follow in 2018

December 11, 2017

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Ceramic Bisque Mender — Product Review

December 4, 2017

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Packing Ceramics Safely for Transport

November 29, 2017

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ClayScapes Pottery Glazes — Our Review

October 28, 2017

ClayScapes is a medium-small glaze company located in New York. First, I’ll say it is a pleasure to work with everyone at ClayScapes. They are quick to respond, very knowledgeable, and eager to help with questions or challenges in glazing. Their prices are better than competitive. Key information — if you brush your glazes on, you’ll have to alter some of ClayScapes pottery glazes, but ClayScapes is terrific at walking you through options. Pictured above, we… Read more

Thick Slip Ceramic Surfaces with Chase Gamblin

October 27, 2017

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ClayScapes Pottery Glazes — Review

October 27, 2017

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Video Lesson Innovative Clay Texture

September 20, 2017

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Learn Pottery Glazing Science Online. Easy!

September 18, 2017

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How to Make Chainmail from Clay

September 18, 2017

Some while back, we published two articles in our premium content about ceramicists who create wonderful art with rings of clay. This is known as chainmail from clay. It’s labor intensive and impressive to look at or touch. Readers have asked us for more information on making chainmail from clay, so we reached out again to Tony and Cecil. Here’s how they make their rings strong and sturdy. Chainmail from Clay DIY Tony Furtado is… Read more

ClayShare Online Pottery Classes

September 18, 2017

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How to Make Photo Ceramic Gum Prints

September 6, 2017

I learned to make ceramic gum prints some time ago. It’s a messy process, but if you want to transfer a photo to a ceramic piece and fire it, a ceramic gum print  is a good option. The ceramic ink or paint mix you will make can fire all the way to cone 10. It can be clear glazed. The ceramic gum print process is fun, but it takes patience and a bit of practice. … Read more

Ana Leal’s Secrets of Amazing Glaze Combinations

August 14, 2017

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DIY Clay Sculptures on Armatures

August 12, 2017

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Rehydrate Dried Out Glazes

August 8, 2017

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Matthew Kennedy Tattoo Pottery

August 7, 2017

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Clay Facebook Groups Social Networking

July 22, 2017

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Clay Tools Storage DIY Solution

July 21, 2017

I’m a clay tool junkie. Actually, I’m addicted to tools for all of my avocations, not just to clay tools. Between Dan and I, our collection of tools often threatens to push us out of the studio. It’s really hard to keep clay tools organized, especially the ones we use daily. Recently, I saw a video of a Korean master potter at work. Next to his work surface, he had all his tools neatly stored… Read more

ClayScapes Pottery Glazes — a great option!

July 14, 2017

Really quick post today. We just learned about ClayScapesPottery as an alternative source for glazes. Clawide variyScapes pottery glazes are a wide variety of beautiful ceramic glazes, including terrific celedons. ClayScapes is a family business — something we always try to support at Handbuilders Monthly. The principals, Don Seymour and Kim Seymour, offer this level of commitment to potters “Clayscapes Pottery is committed to providing the ceramic community quality products at competitive prices with positive,… Read more

Developing Fresh Pottery Ideas Is Part of Your Ceramics Work

July 8, 2017

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Finding Pottery Ideas and Inspiration

July 7, 2017

We had a guest artist lined up to talk about finding pottery ideas and inspiration. At the last minute, she couldn’t break away from her schedule. So I thought HandbuildersMonthly could reach out and ask a few potters how they keep inspiration fired up. It is never easy to make creative work consistently without being bothered by burn out or creative block. Let us know in the comments how you keep your pottery work ideas… Read more

Glaze Making 101 with John Britt

July 6, 2017

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Make a Pottery Photo Box for Great Pics-DIY

July 5, 2017

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Incredible Pottery Seminar, Cheap!

July 5, 2017

Do you dream of finding an incredible pottery seminar, cheap? No matter how proficient you are as a potter, or how tremendous your teacher is, a fresh point of view is invaluable. We found your next pottery seminar, if you’re willing to take a great potters vacation. The trip is hosted by an organization called Road Scholar, formerly known as Elderhostel. While this not-for-profit once catered only to travellers over a certain age, I could… Read more

Why We Hand Build Pots

June 26, 2017

I know how to throw. I can capably produce shapes and forms. But I hand build pots because handbuilding feels right to me. Is there a reason that’s so? Why does handbuilding allow me to create work more satisfying than I’ve produced in any other medium? What makes us handbuilders tick? Clay workers and artists who wheel-throw their wares have my admiration. But the thought process, and physicality of throwing seem to have a steep… Read more

Ceramic Totems with Real Meaning

June 19, 2017

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Special Savings for Potters and Ceramicists

June 19, 2017

  Here’s a review of special savings for potters and ceramicists. Some are exclusive to HandbuildersMonthly.com. Clay tools, glazes, shipping, transfers, and other deals. Some dealers have minimum orders to qualify for deals. Be sure you check for deal expiration dates on websites! ChinaClayArt.com — we LOVE these guys. Their fire-able surface transfers are outstanding and reasonable. Plus get free shipping with our exclusive coupon code: freeshiphbm2019 Dick Blick—$5.00 flat rate or free over $35… Read more

Layering Clay Surface Designs

June 11, 2017

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Contemporary Ceramic Nativity—Perfect Summer Clay Project

June 4, 2017

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Annie Chrietzberg’s Online Ceramics Classes

June 4, 2017

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Potters Save $10 on Underglaze Transfers!

May 19, 2017

Slip transfers, underglaze transfers, rice paper transfers. They all mean the same thing—a lot of fun adding unique decorations to your clay surfaces. Spring is a perfect time to settle into the potting studio and turn out some work. Rains and funky weather give us time to hide out indoors. Try something new or revisit your favorite techniques. One of my favorites is printing images onto clay slabs. Sometimes I make my own transfers. See our… Read more

DIY Build a Plaster Clay Damp Box

May 4, 2017

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Using Mishima Inlay on Pottery

May 4, 2017

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Easy Terra Sigillata, Quick and Versatile Shine

April 18, 2017

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Cecil Kemperink’s Ceramic Links Sculptures

April 15, 2017

How Incredible Ceramic Chainmaille (Ceramic Chainmail) Techniques Can Become Sensual Art   We stumbled upon an artist from The Netherlands, Cecil Kemperlink, who believes ceramic art should be heard as well as seen. Cecil’s work has been selected for the 2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Korea. It was a pleasure to find that this artist funded her trip to Korea via Kickstarter. Nice to know people support our art. Biennale is Italian for biennial, or, every… Read more

Cecil Kemperink’s Ceramic Rings Really Ring

April 6, 2017

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Advice for Repairing Ceramic Greenware

March 9, 2017

Note: This article is about repairing cracks in clay. It contains advice against repairing ceramic greenware. Recently, I came across an anecdote about a major American potter.  When Adelaide Robineau’s Scarab Vase came out of the kiln, there were multiple fractures in it. Adelaide’s teacher told her to pitch the thing and start again. Stubbornly, Adelaide spent hours pounding bisque scraps into a paste. She mixed that with powdered glaze, making an approximation of magic water, and… Read more

Slip Transfer Black and White Design

March 3, 2017

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8 Great Ceramic Fests—You Can Apply

February 20, 2017

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Call for Artists Deadline March 31, 2017!

February 18, 2017

Application deadline: March 31, 2017 Festival dates: July 15–16, 2017 Sheboygan, WI Artists from across the country are invited to apply for the Midsummer Festival of the Arts. Jurors will select 135 artists who will enjoy the many amenities including: Arts Patron program opening the Festival with committed buyers pledging to spend $250 or more $3,000 in cash awards available Free booth-sitting and lunch delivery services Artist-only lines in food court Detail or complete view… Read more

Get Inspired by Ceramic Tea Bowl, the Chawan

February 17, 2017

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19 Awesome Ways to Overcome Potter’s Block

February 14, 2017

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Portland in March NCECA 2017 Conference

February 11, 2017

Save the dates March 22-25 in Portland, ORE for the NCECA 2017 Conference. Online pre-registration is avilable to the end of February. You can also register right at the conference. As is typical, NCECA intends to focus on a series of thoughtful questions designed to make you think about the future of your art: How will more sustainable models of ceramic art and education continue to evolve? What are the essential competencies and capacities for… Read more

Choose a Good Clay Body for Your Ceramic Studio

February 10, 2017

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. Choose a Good Clay Body: Types of Clay Stoneware is a plastic clay body with coarser platelets and particles. The finished work is not brittle… Read more

Can You Freeze Ceramic Clay to Preserve It?

February 10, 2017

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Painted Ceramic Table Trivet—Underglaze Painting

January 27, 2017

Painted Ceramic Table Trivet—Underglaze and Paper Resist This easy painted ceramic table trivet is a simple, versatile project that sells well in any season of the year.  You can vary the size, change up the background, use a variety of images, outlines, and designs for the focal point. You’ll get good practice with underglaze painting and with using paper or tape resist. The finished object is a painted ceramic table trivet or hot plate to… Read more

Clay Tools from Found Objects

October 1, 2016

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4 Clay Skills—Exercise Projects

October 1, 2016

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Make Your Own Clay Carving Tool

October 1, 2016

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Tony Furtado Sculpture and Banjo

August 30, 2016

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Aftcra Handmade Art Market

August 30, 2016

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Tom Vician: Casting Slip Recipe

August 30, 2016

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Magic Moon Face Pottery

August 27, 2016

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Make Raised Texture from Craft Foam

August 27, 2016

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Building a Soda Fire Kiln

August 22, 2016

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Ceramics Jobs Opportunities

August 1, 2016

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Clay Maker Mark, Chops, Signatures

August 1, 2016

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Recipe for a Raku Firing Slip

August 1, 2016

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Making Plaster Slump Molds

August 1, 2016

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Go for the Fall Pottery Tours

August 1, 2016

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Why Are We Wedging Clay, Anyway?

August 1, 2016

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Ceramic Lace Surfaces

July 1, 2016

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Barbecue Grill Firing Ceramics

June 30, 2016

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Fast Clay Bisque Image Transfer

June 30, 2016

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Safe Ceramic Surface Etching—with WATER!

June 29, 2016

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Clay Pot Water Filters for Peace

June 29, 2016

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Want Access to an Anagama Kiln?

June 29, 2016

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Round Vistas—Gary Carstens Ceramic Disc Art

June 29, 2016

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Make Clay Wedding Favors

June 20, 2016

I never though of making clay wedding favors, but what a terrific idea! I met ceramicist Terry Cervantes on Twitter, and she’s delightful.  She was showing her clay wedding favors—diminutive ceramic cups carrying the bride and groom’s initials in a heart. At once, I was attracted to the idea of using something beautiful, handcrafted, and enduring to commemorate such an event. I mean, anyone can put little candies in a paper cup or a mesh… Read more

Clay Artists Register Maker’s Marks

June 16, 2016

You know you’re serious about your pottery when you begin to think about a maker’s mark for your pots, clay sculptures and other works. It’s fun to put together your initials with a symbol, or to choose a mark from ancient alphabets, or to design something that seems to exemplify your ceramic art. I’ve read that a lot of contemporary ceramic artists have drifted toward signing their work with an underglaze pen or pencil. They… Read more

Which National Clay Week?

May 29, 2016

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. So What’s the National Clay Week Story? You can inscribe your recurring calendar with a reminder for the second week in June each year. This National Clay Week… Read more

Summer Art Fairs—an Assortment

May 29, 2016

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Handbuilding Jomon Pottery

May 29, 2016

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Making Ceramic Jewelry — Shawna Barnes

May 28, 2016

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Ceramicist Shawna Mayo Barnes

May 28, 2016

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Whale Tail Clay Spouts

May 28, 2016

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Lana Wilson Clay Surfaces

May 28, 2016

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Clay Cyanotypes

May 28, 2016

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Feathering Clay

May 28, 2016

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Raku Firing Basics

May 26, 2016

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Sarawak—Deaf Potters in Borneo

May 17, 2016

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Ceramics Programs and Opportunities

May 9, 2016

There are a myriad of outstandingly helpful ceramics programs and opportunities across the U.S. and around the world. Here a couple to consider as you grow your ceramic art. Archie Bray Foundation Residencies Archie Bray Foundation is one of the most prestigious ceramics programs. Your work and your dedication have to be top-drawer. Archie Bray offers long and short term fellowships. scholarships, various types of residencies. They accept applications only between November and March 1 each year. It’s too late for this… Read more

Hydrate Ceramic Clay Easily

May 9, 2016

These methods to hydrate ceramic clay work. Easy to do. Re-hydrate or reclaim or recycle stoneware, porcelain, terracotta, and most types of ceramic clay. The methods are effective right up to bone dry stage. First, prepare a pace to keep your clay once it’s re-hydrated. We use plastic keeper tubs. Some potters use picnic coolers. You can pour an inch of plaster in the bottom of the keeper. Let it harden, and keep the plaster damp to… Read more

Make a Simple Handbuilt Lid

April 30, 2016

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Mac McCusker Clay as Communication

April 27, 2016

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Build DIY Kiln Stilts

April 26, 2016

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Sell Handbuilt Pottery and Ceramics

April 26, 2016

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How to Make Paperclay DIY

April 26, 2016

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Branding Your Pottery

April 26, 2016

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Build a Perfect Clay Slab

April 26, 2016

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DIY Build a Kiln, Part 2

April 26, 2016

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Pottery Tools Essentials

March 27, 2016

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Fix Pottery Cracks at Any Stage

March 27, 2016

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Digging Clay for True Hand Building

March 27, 2016

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Can You Build Your Own Pottery Kiln?

March 27, 2016

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6 Secrets for Protecting Greenware

March 27, 2016

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Hand Build a Clay Sphericon

March 27, 2016

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How to Evaluate a Used Kiln

March 27, 2016

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NCECA Highlights for Hand Builders

February 26, 2016

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Celadon Glaze Recipe Ideas

February 26, 2016

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Pottery Studio Tour in the Midwest

February 26, 2016

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Mishima Decoration Hand Built Forms—Video

February 26, 2016

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American Ceramicist’s International Commission

February 26, 2016

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