2013 Summer Workshops

2013 Summer Workshops

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Ceramic workshops are the equivalent of continued education for the ceramic artist. It is a great way to learn new tricks and techniques, and to mingle with other artists from different parts of the country.  Many lifetime bonds have been formed at a workshop. So here is a (small) list of workshops for you to consider for this Summer: Idyllwild Arts Foundation Hot Clay program     Link Sierra Nevada College     Link Mendocino Art Center     Link Pottery...

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February Tip

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 | 0 comments

Why is it called Throwing? Origin of “To throw”: Old Engilish – twist, to turn, to propel. Some potters describe their work at the potters wheel as turning. The Old English word thrawan from which to throw comes, means to twist or turn. Going back even farther, the Indo-European root *ter- means to rub, rub by twisting, twist, turn. The German word drehen, a direct relative of to throw, means turn and is used in German for throwing. Because the...

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January Tip

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 | 0 comments

  Internet Tip of the Month FREE: All new print issues of Clay Times magazine – plus all back issues since Spring 2010 – are now searchable, viewable, printable, and shareable online, for FREE? Click here to begin with our latest digital issue … and please forward this email to your friends to let them know they can check it out, too! It’s true! So if you haven’t already done so, please check out our dynamic digital issues, featuring...

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October Tip

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Homemade Hydrometer A glaze hydrometer (thickness tester) measures the specific gravity of a glaze, to help standardize the thickness of a glaze from one batch to the next. If you mix your own glazes from recipes or purchased powder, hydrometers can save a lot of misery from glazes too thick or thin. Cut an eight inch piece of half inch doweling. Using a permanent felt-­tip marker, mark the side with a centimeter ruler, one mark around for every centimeter, and number...

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September Tip

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Slip trailing is one of those pottery techniques which we all love. The problem is how to keep the slip from drying out in the applicator bottle. Many of us use wires or pins to keep the opening clear, or even clean out the slip bottle after every use. Both of these techniques become tedious and unreliable if you do a lot of slip trailing. Simply fill a small container with water, turn your slip trailing bottle upside down and keep the applicator tip submerged when you...

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