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  1. You may sell seconds, you may not, but surely you don't sell "thirds". What do you do with the pieces that just don't make it? Do you smash 'em, trash 'em, bash 'em or stash 'em? Whether you destroy, recycle, or hoard, we want to see pictures--email them to editorial@ceramicsmonthly.org or attach the picture here. Looking forward to seeing your pics and responses on what you do!!!
  2. Have you experimented working with various clay bodies: stoneware, porcelain, terra cotta, white earthenware? Do you use primarily one body? How did you decide? What are the qualities that made "IT" the one? Sorry more than one question, but all related... I am primarily a stoneware person, but always keep some porcelain nearby. I have wanted for years to use porcelain on a regular basis, but often it is so fraught with problems for the forms I want to make, that I give it a try, and then return to stoneware for its superb flexibility. Diana Pancioli Potters Council Board Member dianamp@comcast.net dianapancioli.com
  3. I just returned from the Potters Council Ceramics in Tuscany II trip, and thought this question appropriate. Where do you look for inspiration? This question came up many times... some look to the past, some techniques, some traveling and experiencing new cultures.... What I do know is that everyone was anxious to get back to their studio to see how their work will be changed by their trip to Italy.
  4. The discussion leads me to some additional marketing Functional Artists can do. With each functional piece, provide a food recipe to include with the sale. Be sure to include on the recipe card, your contact information so they can order more...
  5. From the album: Altered Ceramics

    AMY SANDERS The Stamped Surface Working with cone 5 stoneware, Amy’s presentation will focus on soft slab construction and altered thrown forms, while also considering how stamped patterns and clay appliqués enhance the surface. Amy will demonstrate how to make several forms using varied building methods with slabs, while focusing on how to create a sense of volume and “breath†in your work. She will also work on altering thrown forms at the soft-leather hard stage, stretching and patterning the clay with stamps to add interest. Some pieces will be created by pinching, folding, and draping thin slabs over bisqued clay molds; while others will start with simple paper templates or thrown form. Discussion will focus on how pattern, line, texture, and proportion inform composition and aesthetic decisions made while creating a pot, as well as balancing studio practices with a busy family life. Glaze recipes will be shared, and questions and open discussion is encouraged! Additional Information Amy first discovered clay as an undergraduate studying biology at Centre College in Danville, KY where she quickly switched majors and graduated with a BA in art and secondary education. She and her husband Brian then moved to Charlotte to work for Habitat for Humanity as Americorps volunteers and happily discovered an amazing clay community in NC. Amy has been teaching throwing and hand building classes at Clayworks Studio in Charlotte for 11 years, and also greatly enjoys teaching workshops all over the US. After completing a 1-½ year artist residency at McColl Center for Visual Art, she has been a full time studio artist for 6 years (in between hanging out with her two young boys: Guthrie and Sammy). In 2009, Amy completed a large-scale public art tile project for the city of Charlotte in conjunction with a residency at Garinger High School. Amy’s work is exhibited nationally and has been featured in many publications. Read more and register:
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    Altered Ceramics

    POTTERS COUNCIL CONFERENCE ALTERED CERAMICS September 14-16, 2012 San Diego, California Presented by Potters Council and Hosted by Jackpots Pottery Featured Presenters: Natalie Blake, Israel Davis, Marty Fielding, Martha Grover, Dennis Meiners, and Amy Sanders Learn more: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/altered-ceramics Discover exciting new techniques? Altering your style in a comparatively small but significant way can bring new energy and excitement to your work. This conference allows you to learn from multiple artists that are both throwers and handbuilders. Each artist will be demonstrating many ways to alter the form and surface that will have you ready to get back to the studio to try out new ideas. Each of these talented and engaging artists are ready to share their techniques and ideas with you over a two day conference. This conference is open to artists at all levels: from enthusiastic amateur, to the teacher, and for the professional. No matter what level you are, if you’re open to learning and connecting with other ceramic artists then this is the conference for YOU!
  7. From the album: Altered Ceramics

    DENNIS MEINERS Pursuing Narrative Surfaces for Expressive Pots Dennis’ presentation will focus on the possibilities that arise from making slabs by hand, rather than with machines, and will demonstrate the advantages of this process for discovering what we each have to say through the ceramic process. This is a simple, fun, low-tech way to use clay. Dennis will demonstrate scoring, stretching, stamping, sprigging, and overlays that he uses to produce what he refers to as psychodramas on the surfaces of his utilitarian and sculptural pots hand-built from slabs. Conference participants will have the opportunity to see a way of working with clay that requires little other than a good table, homemade tools, and an ability to be observant and open to what the art-making process offers. Dennis uses cone ten stoneware fired in a reduction atmosphere, but the possibilities he will present are applicable to any clay or firing method. Students will learn how to make and use rolling stamps and sprig molds to create their own iconography. Additional Information Dennis Meiners earned a BA in Fine Arts from Washington State University in 1973, and has been a full time studio potter, mostly, since then. He has taught at Portland Community College, Oregon College of Art and Craft, as well as many workshops and classes. He has published articles and photographs in numerous books and magazines, and has pieces in several public and private collections, including Racine Arts Museum and the Washington Cultural Trust. For the last 15 years he has lived near Jacksonville Oregon where he built a strawbale house and adobe studio with his wife, painter and former clay artist, Leslie Lee. Read more and register: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/altered-ceramics
  8. From the album: Altered Ceramics

    MARTHA GROVER Thrown and Altered Porcelain: Creating Curves Discover the idiosyncrasies of working with porcelain on and off the wheel as Martha Grover demonstrates how to make her undulating functional forms. She will discuss special throwing and altering techniques suited for this elegant and sensuous material and how to exploit its best qualities. Demonstrations will include working with various wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages to create a mug, large pitcher, butter box, and basket. She will explore bottomless thrown forms, with the additions of slabs, handles and spouts. Crack repair and mending techniques will be addressed as well. There will be brief discussion of how to achieve her glaze surfaces by spraying layered glazes. Martha will also talk about her sources of inspiration, philosophy of making, and studio practices. Additional Information Martha Grover is a functional potter, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has been a resident at the Northern Clay Center Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay. Her work can be found at the Red Lodge Clay Center, the Archie Bray Foundation, Schaller Gallery, 18 Hands Gallery in Houston, Texas, Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville, North Carolina, Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida, and Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, North Carolina. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases. It was the cover feature of Ceramic Monthly’s May 2010 issue. Read more and register: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/altered-ceramics
  9. From the album: Altered Ceramics

    MARTY FIELDING The Hybrid: Throwing and Handbuilding The presentation will illustrate altering wheel thrown forms. Darting will also be demonstrated as a way to alter the form further. Problem solving in terms of design and function is an integral part of resolving altered pieces. Marty will make a square pitcher and a box from start to finish. In addition to the altering techniques employed in these pieces, the demonstration will also show making a slab built spout from a paper template, pulling a handle, and applying surface texture. Marty’s work is predominantly thrown on the wheel and altered, with hand built additions, i.e. spouts and lids. He had developed depth variation on the surface by layering texture, terra sigillata, resists, underglazes and glazes. Marty works with red earthenware and fires to cone 03 in an electric kiln. He has a supply of renewable electricity that is generated from methane collected on Vermont dairy farms. Attendees will be learning: Throwing and altering a bottomless cylinder Darting Making paper template for a slab built spout Making a spout from a paper template Pulling a “bone†handle Texturing the surface Making a box and a pitcher Additional Information Marty Fielding became captivated by clay as an anthropology major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He continued his study of ceramics as a student and teaching assistant at Penland School of Crafts. Marty is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the University of Florida. Fielding’s work has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. Craft galleries throughout the U.S. represent his pottery. Marty’s teaching experience includes adjunct positions at Ohio Northern University and Middlebury College, several community studios including Frog Hollow in Middlebury, Vermont where he was Resident Potter, and various workshops including Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Truro Center for the Arts on Cape Cod. His work has been published in several books as well as Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Clay Times. Read more and register: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/altered-ceramics
  10. From the album: Altered Ceramics

    ISRAEL DAVIS Screen Printing on Clay Israel demonstration will cover technical information regarding screen printing onto clay slabs with underglazes. The slabs will then be used to construct functional objects such as cups, trays, and vases. Additional information will cover generating imagery, exposing screens, and firing types and temperatures. Attendees will learn how to take simple line drawings and photos to the screen print process and apply them to clay objects. Attendees will be learning: Printing onto clay slabs with underglazes as printing ink Information regarding firing at cones 04 and 6 oxidation and cone 10 wood-fired Earthenware, red stoneware, nylon fiber and paper in clay to help with attachments and timing Information on generating imagery for the screen print process Information on exposing a screen Information on how to set up a simple screen print lab in the clay studio Information on basic technology such as computer and programs to use in the process Additional Information Assistant Professor, Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI; Teaches at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist’s Residency, Saugatuck, MI; Formerly Ceramics Program Director, Urban Institute for Contemporary, Arts Grand Rapids, MI; Exhibits nationally in juried, invitational, group and solo exhibitions. Read more and register: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/altered-ceramics
  11. From the album: Altered Ceramics

    NATALIE BLAKE Carving in Curved Clay, Vessels and Tiles Natalie will demonstrate undulating tile making by draping slabs over hand-sculpted forms as well as demonstrating thrown forms. She will show slip application and sgraffito carving. Natalie will discuss her glazing techniques and firing temperatures. Natalie will also share her experience working as an independent artist and business person which includes travails and triumphs she has been through and where they have landed her now. Additional Information Natalie has been working in clay for 25 years. She started as a functional potter and then shifted to the vessel to explore the thrown form in porcelain. Natalie carves texture and sgraffito design into her forms. More recently, those vessels have been ‘unwrapped’ and shifted to tile surfaces. Rolled slabs lain over hand sculpted forms produce an undulating three dimensional surface over which to follow curves in the clay with a design in mind and a carving tool in hand. Natalie received her BA at Kenyon College in Ohio and started making clay pieces while in high school at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. She received the Thomas J Watson fellowship to study ceramics in Asia for a post graduate year from 1992-93. Returning home, Natalie studied with several area potters and ceramic artists in southern Vermont, setting up her own business in 1994. She currently has a studio in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she has resided for the past 18 years. Read more: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/altered-ceramics
  12. POTTERS COUNCIL CONFERENCE ALTERED CERAMICS September 14-16, 2012 San Diego, California Presented by Potters Council Hosted by Jackpots Pottery Read More: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/altered-ceramicsRegister: https://www.pubservice.com/pr/pqconference/alteredceramics12.aspx? Discover exciting new techniques? Altering your style in a comparatively small but significant way can bring new energy and excitement to your work. This conference allows you to learn from multiple artists that are both throwers and handbuilders. Each artist will be demonstrating many ways to alter the form and surface that will have you ready to get back to the studio to try out new ideas. Each of these talented and engaging artists are ready to share their techniques and ideas with you over a two day conference. This conference is open to artists at all levels: from enthusiastic amateur, to the teacher, and for the professional. No matter what level you are, if you’re open to learning and connecting with other ceramic artists then this is the conference for YOU! Featured Presenters: Natalie Blake, Israel Davis, Marty Fielding, Martha Grover, Dennis Meiners, and Amy Sanders
  13. Place for Attendees to Communicate Before, During, and After the Event. Looking to carpool with other attendees, make dinner plans in advance or you just want to have discussion with attendees or presenters POTTERS COUNCIL CONFERENCE ALTERED CERAMICS September 14-16, 2012 San Diego, California Presented by Potters Council Hosted by Jackpots Pottery Learn more: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/altered-ceramics Discover exciting new techniques? Altering your style in a comparatively small but significant way can bring new energy and excitement to your work. This conference allows you to learn from multiple artists that are both throwers and handbuilders. Each artist will be demonstrating many ways to alter the form and surface that will have you ready to get back to the studio to try out new ideas. Each of these talented and engaging artists are ready to share their techniques and ideas with you over a two day conference. This conference is open to artists at all levels: from enthusiastic amateur, to the teacher, and for the professional. No matter what level you are, if you’re open to learning and connecting with other ceramic artists then this is the conference for YOU! Featured Presenters: Natalie Blake, Israel Davis, Marty Fielding, Martha Grover, Dennis Meiners, and Amy Sanders
  14. Eveylyn - Just back in the office from NCECA and vacation... I sent you an email message offline. I look forward to hearing from you. And how was your first NCECA???
  15. I am here in the office finishing up a few things before heading out to Seattle, Washington for 2012 NCECA. I was thinking about what a great city Seattle is... about all the great work I am going to see... and all the amazing people that will be there. It also had me thinking back to past NCECA's and what things I liked about each of the NCECA's I have attended. Each conference has it's own special memory. What about you? Which NCECA was your favorite and why? Post some pictures if you have them. Here is one of me with Clay whale. If you're attending NCECA please be sure to visit with me in the Potters Council booth and see the amazing member exhibition The Chromatic Edge: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council-members/announcing-winners-of-2012-potters-council-juried-show/
  16. Potters Council organization includes artists at many different levels of expertise, ranging from student, to recreational, to professional ceramic artist. This wide range of expertise will provide a great mix of mentors and mentees. We have many mentees looking for someone like YOU! This member needs help in the following areas, note you can mentor just one area: Business Skills: Sales 101, How to Begin, Retail, Business Plans, Marketing Plans Photographing Work Form and Aesthetics If you are interested in becoming a mentor for Member #816, please fill out a mentoring application here: http://www.surveymon...ntorapplication . Please be sure to note the Member number so we can connect you to the mentee. #816. To read more about the mentoring program: http://ceramicartsda...toring-program/ Benefits of Becoming a Mentor Gain personal satisfaction from enriching the emerging artists’, students’, or established artists’ current artistic needs. Give back to the ceramic community through the development of our peers, emerging artists, students, and ceramic professionals for the future by personally and professionally supporting their growth. Enhance coaching, feedback and existing skills. Exposure to new and different styles, knowledge, and perspectives. Receive a nomination from your Mentee for a Mentor Award. Potters Council recognition. Do you have knowledge and expertise to share with others? Are you ready to give back to the ceramic community as a mentor? You can get started by reviewing the Mentoring Guidelines and completing the online Mentor Application.
  17. Place for Attendees to Communicate Before, During, and After the Event. Looking to carpool with other attendees, make dinner plans in advance or you just want to have discussion with attendees or presenters HANDBUILDING II February 3-5, 2012 San Diego, California Hosted by Get Centered Clay and Jackson Gray Featured Artists: Hayne Bayless, Joseph Pintz, Sandi Pierantozzi and Amy Sanders http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/handbuilding-ii/ Creative, Knowledgeable, Talented, and Engaging Creative, knowledgeable, talented and engaging describe these experienced presenters participating in the Handbuilding II conference. This not-to-be-missed conference brings together a diverse group of ceramic artists to demonstrate, share, and answer any question you may have on handbuilding and the techniques they use. This conference will help you build upon existing skills and learn new techniques that you can apply to your own studio work. Register today for your chance to learn from Hayne Bayless, Joseph Pintz, Sandi Pierantozzi and Amy Sanders.
  18. What an amazing community... We have had three new mentors step up in the past two days... We are processing the applications and making matches... We still have over 2O mentees who need a mentor... We have made over 25 matches... I hope more of you can help other artists...
  19. I so wished I had a pair of binoculars... I am taking one for the next trip...
  20. Here is a reply written by Mel regarding ClayArt on Yahoo... I hope this helps in clearing up any confusion. http://groups.yahoo..../message/329658
  21. I am uploading pictures from Potters Council first trip to Italy... http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/index.php?app=gallery&module=user&user=15&do=view_album&album=331 Please send me links of other pictures, and I will include here as well.
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