Highlighting the best clay blogging of the past month. In case you missed something!
Process and Technique
Behind the scenes views or explanations of how the pots are made.
- Gary Jackson makes unique bowls, shares a demo, adds handles, platter demo x2, and gets even more obsessive.
- Doug Fitch shares videos of cleaning up, handles, decorating and slip trailing:
- Kyle Houser shows off some new forms: pour-overs (for coffee).
- D. Michael Coffee cranks out 100 teacups.
- Aaron Sober revises some pots.
- Linda Starr has been making towers, plus a strip coiled vase and shares some glazing techniques.
- Marian Williams is in the middle of a pod invasion.
- Ben Carter decorates with stripes and zig zags and makes a platter.
- Rob at Simple Circle works on platters and butter keepers and other items.
- John Britt shares a video of Kyle Carpenter cutting a raised foot:
- Raven Hill Pottery has some moon-themed wares.
- Michael Kline answers a question every potter probably gets asked: How many?
- Rose Maguire has been “playing” and churning out bird feeders.
- Brandon Phillips is back in the studio, experimenting.
- Joy Tanner explains “chasing plastic“.
- Lori Watts shares what’s happening in the studio.
- Phil Rogers shares a 40 minute(!) video: throwing demonstration.
- Tracey Broome is back in the studio getting warmed up.
- Liberty Stoneware is testing decoration techniques.
- Varda Sharon Kramer continues work on the fossil series.
- Ron Philbeck works on a slightly different decorating technique.
- Ariel Bowman sculpts Chronos, a giant ground sloth.
- Rachel Dorn works on some bike part sculptures and more bike part sculptures.
Tips and Technical
Bits of advice or recipes for the studio.
- Glaze Recipe Sharing has a ^6 clay body and variation, ^6 Candy Apple Red, Kathryn Narrow’s Chun for ^6, Shaner Gold & Green ^ 9 – 10, ^4/5/6 White China Translucent, ^10 Malcolm Davis Shino and ^5/6 Emerald.
- Carole Epp shares a slip casting resource and raku kiln building instructions.
- Meagan Chaney gives a brief intro to glazes and re-posts a low fire crawl glaze with results.
- Lori Watts shares a tip to help avoid cracks.
- Amy Huacani shares a ^6 Floating Blue recipe.
- Gertrude Graham Smith asks about pinholes and re-firing.
- Linda Starr tells how she makes slip.
- Liz Crain shares everything she knows about cold finishes.
- Ron Philbeck tries wax resist with his slip decorating.
- DirtKicker Pottery finds out how important glaze viscosity is and shares some glaze testing results.
Images and descriptions of finished pieces.
- Rob of Simple Circle shows some new work including air whales.
- Mariko Brown is Mixing Things Up with some wood and soda firing.
- Dennis Allen shows off some new pottery.
- Ron Philbeck shares a video of new pots and More New Pots:
- The Createniks have some bright New Pots and Custom Order Dinnerware.
- Round Rabbit has more jewelry pieces.
- Whynot Pottery unloads the kiln.
- Barbara Rogers shares some vases and other work and Wishing Plates.
- Kristen Kieffer shows off New Work for 2012.
- Hannah McAndrew has a nice collection of jugs.
- Clay and Ginger shares a kiln opening video.
- Trista Hudzik Reynolds has a nice series of Pots.
- Kim Murton shares the latest haul.
- Patricia Griffin has new work available.
- Marian Williams shows a Glaze Firing Results Video:
- Phil Rogers has a series of posts with new work.
- Jeanette Manchester Harris shares some details of a racer.
- Daria Claiborne has firing results.
- Nicholas Bivins shares some images from the Farewell Show.
- Jim Gottuso gives a preview of the Etched in Clay show.
- Aaron Sober shows some of the best of the last firing.
- Linda Starr places some Towers in the Garden.
- Scott Cooper lingers over some fresh pots.
- Kyle Houser is done waiting, check out the wood kiln treasures.
- Kelly Lynn Daniels is now obsessed with soda fired work.
Heavy thinking related to pottery, the arts, or creativity.
- Liz Crain avoids the Merely Clever.
- Carter Gillies shares Olympic thoughts, the value of pottery and sets sail on Creative Seas.
- Ben Carter explores Csikszentmihalyi’s Great Idea and asks Can you teach creativity?
- Scott Cooper comes up with questions that every potter could/should ask themselves.
- John Baumann makes a connection to That Silver Stuff:
Nobody would ever buy a losing card if that silver stuff didn’t cover it. And I might not have pursued my passions with such abandon had I known how little was my likelihood of succeeding at them.
Everything else that a ceramist or potter might be interested in.
- Melissa at the Ceramic Shop gives a preview of the KilnLink.
- Potter Jo talks about the clay collection.
- Karen Mahoney tells How to make tent and canopy weights.
- Linda Starr shares notes on a Gallery Panel Discussion.
- Lori Buff describes some of her favorite apps.
- Scott Cooper trades superstition for science:
Quite recently — just in the last few years — I’ve made a more deliberate commitment to developing science-based techniques (e.g. analytical thinking, experimental method, deductive reasoning, math, probability, etc.) This has vastly improved my technical foundation and, in turn, enabled me to make better pots.
- Patricia Griffin sets some guidelines for donating art.
- Tracey Broome gets Plastered (making molds!) and is finished with juried shows.
- In response, Dennis Allen warns of the other extreme when it comes to shows.
- Jeanette Manchester Harris explains How to put a Plastic Wine Glass on a Ray Gun (in case you ever need to know) and shares some Logo Experiments.
- Luke Langholz recounts his time at Art Sail and Beyond!
- Butterfly Farm Pottery gives a heads-up about a mass production Copycat.
- Gary Jackson assigns “The Masters Quiz”
- Rachel Dorn reveals the Pre-School Bell Project.
- Controversy! In the ceramics community?! John Britt asks for support in the Penland Boycott.
- Emily Murphy reviews the RZ Mask.
- Carole Epp shares a link to the Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans and a video showing how to Make your own wheel:
- Ivan Wozniak offers some tips on How To Teach Children about Pottery.
- Brian Jones shares Jonescast with Heidi Preuss Grew.
- Paul Kowalchuck of Studio Potter Archive sits down with Debora Meltz.
- Ben Carter shares a podcast with Carola Zee.
And that concludes the Clay Blog Review for August. Thanks for reading! And, as always, if you feel something was missed, leave a comment below so others can find more good reading from the pottery blogs.