Category Archives: Clay

Pottery sale this weekend (!)

I am almost done glazing and firing for the sale this weekend at my studio! If the rain holds off today I will get the last load in and be able to start cleaning the studio (don’t want to kick … Continue reading

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Don’t be a tool

Just some things to consider: A friend picked up one of those fancy Sherrill Do-All trimming tools for me and the different design made using it as if I were almost a novice potter again. I have been so familiar … Continue reading

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Repost: Defensive potting

Defensive Potting: The story of Michael Simon’s evolution out of the round Posted on July 31, 2013 by Carter Gillies So I just got back From the Michael Simon gallery talk at the exhibition of his work, “Pick of the Kiln’, at … Continue reading

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Advice for beginning potters

This morning I received a question from a beginning potter worried about clay coming off as she was thinning the walls. She also revealed that she was learning to trim her pots. What advice do I have for her? This … Continue reading

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Repost: The bitter truth about professional standards in pottery (and art)

(From April of last year) “Talk about equality gets off on the wrong foot if we start from the assumption that it expresses an immediate moral demand to treat everyone the same. Of course, there are thousands of legitimate reasons … Continue reading

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Responding to Tom Sutcliffe on The Great Pottery Throw Down

A friend and stellar student of mine shared an article on fb from the Guardian and asked me what I thought of this quote: “Pottery, rather literally, brings the philosophy of beauty down to earth and lets you turn it … Continue reading

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On handles, with Eric Botbyl

Eric Botbyl posted this on facebook: “The last handle in a very long day of handle making. There is no rushing this part of the process. I resolved long ago that good handles take time and quicky handles are dumb. … Continue reading

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