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  • Glazing

    Writing Out Recipes

    - by Pete Pinnell

     I’m a “dump cook.” I may start with a recipe, but my natural instinct is to treat it as a starting point for improvisation. I enjoy playing in the kitchen and following any impulse that happens to strike me. Because of this, the quality of my cooking is admittedly uneven. When I happen to get it right, my very supportive

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  • Forming Techniques

    Making Altered Pots & Lids

    - by Bill Van Gilder

    Necessary Supplies one 2-lb.-8-oz. weight of clay (for the pot) one 1-lb. weight of clay (for lid) one 8-oz. weight of clay (for handles) one 8″ or 10″ bat a stiff rib tool an undercut tool a small sponge and water a cut-off wire a fettling knife a rolling pin two 1/4″ thick wooden sticks a rasp or edge-rounding tool

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  • Interviews

    The Guadalupe Arch

    - by Lana Wilson

    After only two visits to Maclovio Rojas, a very poor border community in Tijuana, Mexico, Judith Nicolaidis accepted the casual offer to start a ceramics program there. Women founded the community in 1987 and, in spite of its poverty, they had built a Women’s Center, an Art Center, and a Community Center. Nicolaidis, a full-time ceramics profes- sor, had done

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  • Interviews

    An Interview with Don Reitz

    - by Derek Au

    In April, 1995, Tim Taunton, head of the ceramics department at La Grange College in La Grange, GA arranged for clay master Don Reitz to conduct a two-day workshop at the college for approximately 75 participants. En route to the workshop from his home in Clarkdale, AZ, Reitz responded to a series of interview questions posed by Clay Times associate editor Rick Berman. Following are

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  • Glazing
    Adjusting Glazes

    Adjusting Glazes

    - by Pete Pinnell

    Adjusting Glazes for Application PART 1 One of the more frustrating aspects of ceramics is glazing. Glazing is a pretty non-intuitive act: what you see is definitely not what you get. Besides that, the very act of glazing is a difficult dance that requires a person to do everything correctly and in the right order to get a perfect glaze

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  • Marketing & Business
    PROMOTING YOUR POTTERY BUSINESS

    PROMOTING YOUR POTTERY BUSINESS WITH CUSTOM SALES MATERIALS

    - by Polly Beach

    PROMOTING YOUR POTTERY BUSINESS As with any business, the potter who wants to be financially successful must give careful consideration to promoting his or her business. When just starting out, it’s a good idea to tell all your friends and any acquaintances that you now offer pottery for sale. Many businesspeople agree that a listing in the yellow pages of

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  • Articles
    Pricing Pottery

    DISPLAYING, WHOLESALING AND PRICING POTTERY

    - by Polly Beach

    No matter how beautiful or useful a potter’s work might be, one needs to find a market for that work and establish a customer base if s/he expects to earn a living at the business of pottery making. Wholesaling Pricing pottery on a wholesale level has its advantages and disadvantages. It is particularly beneficial for production potters who can manage

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  • Articles
    MARKETING YOUR CLAYWORK

    MARKETING YOUR CLAYWORK

    - by Polly Beach

    Congratulations! You’ve finally gotten to the point where you think your pots are good enough to sell. But now what? Do you hang a shingle outside your front door, or take out an ad in the local yellow pages? Should you start signing up for craft fairs? Or do you simply hold an open house and invite all your friends

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  • Articles
    ASSEMBLING A DISPLAY BOOTH

    ASSEMBLING A DISPLAY BOOTH

    - by Polly Beach

    Before putting together the elements of a successful display booth, it’s important to do some thoughtful planning. First, you’ll need to define how your structure will be used. Do you intend to set it up outside? If so, it’s especially important to consider the weather conditions where you wish to set up your display. Wind can be the worst enemy

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  • Articles
    PREVENTING PHYSICAL STRAIN

    PREVENTING PHYSICAL STRAIN

    - by Polly Beach

    The term “back-breaking work” could be applied to pottery with little objection, for nearly all of us have suffered some form of discomfort after extended sessions throwing at the wheel, loading and unloading heavy boxes of clay, standing at the slab roller, bending at the wedging table, or shuffling heavy boxes of pots around at trade shows and craft fairs.

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  • Articles
    POTTING WHILE YOU'RE PREGNANT

    POTTING WHILE YOU’RE PREGNANT

    - by Polly Beach

    If you or a loved one is pregnant or contemplating pregnancy, there are some important precautions which you/she should take when working with clay. First, do not work with lead under any circumstances. This substance is a known cause of birth defects, even when ingested in trace amounts. If you have worked with lead in the past, consider having a

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  • Articles
    Ingredients of clay

    INGREDIENTS OF CLAY – MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS

    - by Polly Beach

    Anyone who works with clay should be aware of the potential hazards associated with ingredients of not only clay in general, but also the individual components of each specific clay or glaze used. For example, harmless as clay ingredients may seem, some ingredients of clay contain manganese to achieve a speckled, reduction look in an oxidation firing. But chronic inhalation

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