Highlighting the best in clay blogging over the past month.
Regarding Recent Work
Linda Starr talks about recent inlaid clay (results), some sculptural work, Florida clay slip and learns a few things, Hollis Engley shows off shinos, shares a recipe and shows results from the Harvard soda kiln, Dirty Girl shows off some naked raku (and yes, it is Safe For Work), FetishGhost prepares for decals and talks surface, Lori Watts has guest blogger Douglas Watts explain clay in a non-technical way, Ang Walford shares a little about her current projects and a fancy video, Jeffrey R. Guin tries to throw loose and has a series of posts about throwing chawan, Ron Philbeck shares videos from the studio and talks about a new box, Doug Fitch shares recent work including a puzzle jug and has an apprentice using a tile mold, DirtKicker Pottery tells a little about a recent platter set and extruded vases, Togeii tells about combining drawings with wood fired slip, Cinderellish shows before and after carving, Sue Pariseau compares results from two recent firings, Fat Studio describes the process to make a magnificent bowl, Joy Tanner shows some firing details, Tracey Broome shares some thoughts on a transition in work, Lucy Fagella shows a couple examples of carving pots, Paul Jessop shows what happened when a pot was ruined with a tiny mistake and other recent work, Liberty Stoneware demos stemless wine cups and talks about pitchers, Luke Langholz shows some glaze fire results and works in progress, Urban Jeff asks why put a loop in the handle?, Yolande Clark describes a 50 hour woodfiring, The Homefry Sketchbook has some recently fired work and talks about the firing, Lori Buff shows some recent wood fired pots
Technical, Technique, Tips
Melissa at Raging Bowl experiments with stamps/glazes and shares a couple recipes, Jeanette Zeis shows how she press molded ceramic spoons, Karatsupots tells how to wash oribe, make pot lids from wood and describes a mining trip, Michael Mahan wadding pots and loading the kiln, Patricia Bridges tells how she figured the cost to fire her kiln, Brandon Phillips shares a triaxial blend (and a bit about his diy blunger), Linda Starr shares a vinegar patch solution to some broken bone dry pieces, Lori Watts has two recipes to test, John Britt suggests a way to see cones in the kiln and has videos about trimming: rib, bone dry, chuck, John Bauman offers a picture tutorial about slump molded plates and another about wallpaper plates
Whitney Smith writes about perfection, torture, and makes some interesting observations about what customers buy.
Artists are tortured souls because we torture ourselves, in very specific ways that cut us the most deeply. I have many ways of torturing myself, but one of my favorite ways is by pushing myself to create “perfect” pieces. No cracks, no glaze crawls, no pinholes, no runs, no awkward lines, no bumps, no uneveness…
Lori Watts confesses that she failed at full time potting in the past but vows not to let it happen again. She has a couple things to keep her on track, including a timer.
Patricia Griffin talks about 3 ways to fail and how she has put them behind her.
Early in the month a few bloggers tried the color test, Jim Gottuso receives a poem “For Potters“, Craig Edwards talks about work to be done post firing, Lori Buff draws a connection between pizza and pottery and shares results from her social media sales survey and a quick note on quartz inversion, Tony Clennell shows how to keep the flies out of a studio, Jeannette Harris asks if pitchers will be a thing of the past and shares some additional thoughts, Tom Edwards shares some thoughts on Etsy and some new work, John Bauman tells about setting up his display booth and gives more tips, Patricia Bridges starts setting up a basement studio, Ann Tubbs uses grout to finish her hexagon table, Paul the Potter wants to know what happened to online summer sales and offers some possibilities
This post will take the place of this weeks Pottery Chatter which would have come out yesterday. Also, be prepared for an overall site update to Pottery Making Info in the near future.