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  1. NEW! Introducing the "Question of the Week"

    Summer is a good time to laugh, share, and to interact in a fun, creative way on our Potters Council forum. We will be posting a "Question of the Week" every Monday for you to answer, give an opinion, and maybe laugh a little. The questions will range from the serious to the not so serious. We are ready to have some fun and hope you will join us.


    We are all looking forward to see what everyone has to say. Don't be shy to share your answer. We want this to be positive, fun experience and encourage all to respond in a like manner. Put your thinking caps on for this "serious" question:


    Question of the Week:

    If you could only take one piece of ceramic art to a deserted island, what would you choose and why?


    When replying to the question be sure to hit the reply button outside of the message. If not, it quotes all the previous message making the post much longer and difficult to read.


    Looking forward to the responses...

  2. Would you like to be Featured in our 2012 Calendars? We want to create a 2012 calendar featuring YOU! Members are encouraged to send an 11″ x 8.5″ (or larger) 300 dpi photo of your work in .jpg format to cdorr@ceramics.org by September 11, 2011. Be sure to include the following in your email:

    • Name
    • City, State, Country
    • Potters Council Membership Number (Not a member, JOIN TODAY) Need your membership number call 800.424.8698 or email potterscouncil@pubservice.com or go here to obtain membership information
    • One 11″ x 8.5″ (or larger); 300 dpi; .jpg format, horizontal images encouraged but not required - Important: Begin each file name with the surname of the artist, followed by the first name and name of work. (example: smith_john_bluevase.jpg)
    • Pick a submittal category: Sculpture, Teapot, Alternative Firing, Tile, Functional Ceramics & Food or General Entry
    • Only two entries per member permitted (Can be in different categories.)
    • Email submissions to cdorr@ceramics.org, failure to follow above guidelines could result in your submission being rejected.


    To be eligible, you must be an active Potters Council member and submissions must meet the size and dpi requirements. Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be included. I look forward to seeing all the great entries.


    Deadline for 2012 Calendar Submission is September 11, 2011


    The 2011 Potters Council Members’ calendars were a huge success, and

    we will be producing 2012 calendars that will be available mid October of 2011.



    For 2012 we will be putting together 6 calendars featuring:

    • Sculpture
    • Teapot
    • Alternative Firing
    • Tile
    • Functional Ceramics & Food (Picture should include ceramic piece with food and the food recipe in word document.)
    • General Entry

    To submit an Entry go here: http://ceramicartsda...ncil-calendars/



    September 23-25, 2011

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Hosted by AMACO/brent



    Mark Your Calendar and Register Today!








    Featured Artists:


    Tom Lucas, Brooke Noble, Don Reitz, Nan Rothwell, McKenzie Smith

    and AMACO® Technical and Professional Ceramic Artist staff.




    Functional is Beautiful

    Making functional pots is challenging, inspiring and satisfying. Where else can you enjoy something from the moment you start to make it, and each time you use it? Whether you’re serving cool drinks from a pitcher, soup in a bowl or fruit on a platter, functional pieces complement your food and reveal your sense of style. Each of our presenters have developed their own functional style–some steeped in tradition and others going a step beyond. No matter how simple or utilitarian, this conference takes you past the every day function of a piece by paying tribute to the elegant union between surface and form.


    What will you learn?



    • Learn how images can be transferred onto function forms using printmaking techniques such as lithography, screenprinting and relief.
    • Discover how to highlight the printed images on clay with transparent glazes and wax-resist.
    • Methods of creating forms that will be discussed are: simple wheel throwing, wet handbuilding on the wheel head, soft-slab construction, slip casting, and coil-building/pinching technique used to create texture
    • Learn how to embellish the surface with these techniques: mishima, sgraffito, thermofax “screen-printingâ€, shellac resist, slip trailing, plaster image transfer, the use of text and font, using templates for slip application, as well as some glazing tips.
    • Starting from wheel thrown components, learn multiple ways to alter their shapes and add texture with the following techniques: faceting with a wiggle wire while the wheel is stationary and moving, creating square and oval forms, and stretching the surface to create a parched-earth texture.
    • How to work larger on the wheel, including how to center larger amounts of clay in stages, and how to grow a pot by adding then throwing successive rings of clay.
    • Explore a variety of wheel thrown functional ware including altered pots.
    • Develop techniques on how to use slips, wax and glaze that turn functional work into decorative art.
    • And so much more…















  4. Wow! Totally terrific thinking... love when good minds come together... I will see if I cannot put together the following options...


    I know from previous experience (another job) that it is extremely difficult to photograph food... So what we could do is have members submit a picture of the piece and they must include the recommended food uses and one recipe for food. And optional is glaze recipe...

  5. Members of Potters Council can submit to have their own personal online artist portfolio. The Potters Council Artist Portfolio promotes members' work to the public and to your peers. Tap into the world-wide exposure Potters Council members receive with their expanded artist portfolios that are visited by thousands. Each member has an exclusive web link to their portfolio that included up to three photos of their work, contact information, and brief description of themselves and their work.


    To see online portfolios go here:



    To Browse Artists go here:



    For members to request their own personal portfolio go here:


    Not a member, go here to join and then submit your listing:



    As you browse through the artists... be sure to leave an encouraging comment or paste the link here so we can all take a look!

  6. Potters Council 2012 Exhibition: “The Chromatic Edge†Once again, we celebrate the community of our council with a show of members’ work in conjunction with National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference (NCECA) in 2012.


    The name of the show is “The Chromatic Edge“.


    For the third annual members juried competition, Potters Council is seeking entries with an emphasis on the impact of color. The majority of the composition should be ceramic with the focus on color. Consider the full spectrum.


    Techniques and materials may include glazes, washes, oxides, engobes, slips, stains, underglazes, overglazes, colored clays, china paints, inclusions, exclusions, lusters, pre and post firing additions and any variations.


    The exhibition will be concurrently shown during NCECA Conference in Seattle in 2012, and will showcase the quality work made by the members of the Potters Council, an international organization with members all over the world.


    The Chromatic Edge addresses not the outer bounds of our work, but some of the “edges†that can occur within it. In ceramics, form is often seen as paramount, and the visual surface may often become subordinate. However, no form can excel without surface, and color is one of its most evident properties. The edges and contacts between colors, and between surface and clay - can re-compose a work of art, and change our perception of the most humble of pieces. Color can generate emotion, create meaning single-handedly, or change what we think we understand. Color gives the “edge†to ceramics that use it well.


    In this exhibition, we propose to showcase work that uses color in thoughtful, subtle, bold, or innovative ways. We are challenging our members to examine and explore the use of color in their work. It will be visually dramatic, thought-provoking, and bring color in from the periphery of our endeavor right to the center.



    Jennifer Harnetty—Columbus, Ohio

    Jennifer Poellot Harnetty is the managing editor of ceramicartsdaily.org, a tips and techniques blog and website for ceramic artists with 75,000 registered users, and the online home of magazines Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. Also a potter, she has been working with clay for more than 10 years. In 2004, she became assistant editor, and later associate editor, of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.

    Recently, she has helped develop and launch the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, a growing collection of instructional videos for ceramic artists.


    Robbie Lobell—Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington

    Robbie Lobell is a full-time studio potter and pottery teacher living and working in Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, Washington. She has been working in clay for more than 30 years, receiving her education in ceramics through residencies, apprenticeships, and assistantships. Robbie was on the faculty at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts for 10 years and has taught workshops and classes at craft schools throughout the country and in her in her studios on Whidbey Island


    Lobell is a member of NCECA, Potters Council of The American Ceramic Society, Washington Potter’s Association, Artists Trust, Northwest Designer Craftsmen, and Slow Food USA.


    For more details go here... http://ceramicartsda...il-juried-show/


    Call for Entries Form: http://media.ceramicartsdaily.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/call-for-entries-2012.pdf

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