Monday, March 31, 2008

Wheel Throwing and Handbuilding

Post your questions about throwing troubles, victories, gear and techniques...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Classes

Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Classes
Worcester Center for Crafts is offering a wide range of classes for all levels of pottery making.  There are classes on Wheel Throwing, Hand building, Glazes and firing for beginners, intermediate and advanced studies.
Click here to view their Course Catalog
Click here for Worcester Center for Crafts website

Albany Slip & Cone 6 Glaze Workshop

Albany Slip & Cone 6 Glaze Workshop with Jeff Zamek
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

The first part of the workshop will consist of lectures on the history, processing, and the eventual demise of commercially available Albany slip clay. Students can bring their fired Albany slip samples for evaluation. Alternate Albany slip glaze formulas will be discussed with the inclusion of Albany slip substitutes. During the second part of the workshop, we will discuss Cone 6 electric kiln firing clay body and glazes. Glaze samples will be demonstrated with accompanying formulas. Cone 6 raw materials will be reviewed along with choosing the appropriate clay body formulas for sculptural and functional pottery. Kiln firing cycles for bisque and Cone 6 will be reviewed in detail.

Prerequisites: None
Nov. 4 - Nov. 4, Saturday 10-4
Instructor: Jeff Zamek
Tuition: $60.00 Non-Members
$50.00 Members

Note : if you are interested in using Albany slip check out Sheffield Pottery Albany Slip Substitute which is empirically and functionally equivilent as a cone 6 or cone 10 glaze or glaze ingredient. You can find it here: Albany Slip Substitute...tjhspi

Monday, April 10, 2006

Ceramics and Pottery Makers blog

Sheffield Pottery will soon be expanding our retail pottery web site: American Made Pottery. This is an ecommerce enabled site where one can shop our pottery, housed in an 19th century barn, online. Potters we represent there all use our clay including: Bennington Pottery, Monroe Salt Works, Simon Pearce Pottery, Robert Fishman, David Matthews, Stone Soldier, Daniel Bellow, and more than 90 more great artists and studios. If you are a potter who uses our clay you may be interested in investigating out "Pottery Buy Back Program". If you are a collector be sure to check back soon!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Worcester Pottery Invitational Plus April 28-30

Another Upcoming Pottery Event: Worcester Center for Crafts POTTERY INVITATIONAL Plus: Curated by Mark Shapiro: Friday-Sunday April 28-30. Demos and sales by Richard Aerni, D. Hayne Bayless, Michael Connelly, Bernadette Curan, Angela Fina, Julia Galloway, Sarah Heimann, ayumi Horie, Jody Johnstone, Kristen Kieffer, Ben Krupka, Michael McCarthy, Hannah Niswonger, Tom O'Malley, Aysha Paltz, Diane Rosenmiller, Mark Shapiro, Nick Seidner, Rob Sieminski, Sam Taylor, Diana Thomas, and Todd Whalstrom.
See for more info.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Kiln Building and Other Ceramics Courses

Hi, Just wanted to mention that there are some great looking courses coming up at IS183, Interlaken School of Arts, Stockbridge MA. There is a salt Kiln Building Workshop with Alex Watson and Trevor Dunn, June 12 -16.

Developing Cone Six Glazes Weekend Workshop
Jeff Zamek
Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jun 03, 2006 - Jun 03, 2006 (1 Day)

Ceramics Open Studio
Please call (413)298-5252 x102 for a schedule, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Apr 10, 2006 - Jun 09, 2006

The Challenge of Porcelain Weekend Workshop
Daniel Bellow
Saturday, Sunday and an additional Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mar 04, 2006 - Mar 18, 2006 3 days

Handbuilding and the Clay Surface
Ellen Grenadier
Tuesday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Apr 11, 2006 - Jun 06, 2006 (9 sessions)

Experienced Ceramics: Wheel and Hand
Ellen Grenadier
Tuesday, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Apr 11, 2006 - Jun 06, 2006 (9 sessions)

And Weeklong Intensive Workshop: Breaking Barriers with Colored Clay; Monoprints and Pots
Mitch Lyons
Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jun 26, 2006 - Jun 30, 2006 5 Days.

You can hop over to their website Ceramics Courses and Workshops for more details.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Warren MacKenzie Workshop

Hi, We've been getting a lot of inquiries about this upcoming workshop with Warren MacKenzie and 7th Hanjiro Mizuno: It is Saturday, May 13, 10:30-noon at Elfers Hall at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. It is part of a weekend long clay symposium entitled "Clay- The Art of Earth and Fire" curated by Delores Coan. More info is available at the Hotchkiss website

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Raw Materials Tech Support

Post Your Raw materials questions here. Also SPI has a very handy raw materials dictionary online.

Ceramics Glazes and Decoration

Post your glaze or decorating questions here:

Kiln and Firing Tech Support

Post your kiln and firing questions here:

Tech Support Moist Clays

Moist Clay issues: Post your Question here.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Clay for Gilding

I'm wondering if any of you multitalented potters out there know about the composition of gilders clay (Armenian bole). We have a nice local red clay body and I'm wondering if I can make a gilding bole from it.

60th Anniversary Sale at Sheffield Pottery

hi, again. Yes, this is a plug: If you are looking for moist clay, raw materials, kilns, pugmills, potter's wheels or anything related to ceramics / pottery be sure to check out ... 60th anniversary sale: Shimpo wheels, L and L kilns, Big Blue extruders,. plus amaco glazes, spectrum glazes, Chinese clay art tools, Paragon and Olympic kilns and our own world famous Sheffield Clay and Mass White Clay ...
Serving artists, craftsmen, schools and industry since 1946.
It's a good place to shop as you can get just about everything you need in one shipment.
Sorry for the plug... now back to the mud...

New Potter's Blog Welcome

Hello Potters,
I've created this blog spot for potters to have a place to discuss the the joys (and pains) of wheel throwing, handbuilding, sculpting, decorating, glazing, firing and anything else clay. I hope you will all feel free to share your experiences old and new relating to your potting. Hopefully this can become a destination where can can help each other solve our potting issues and develop our skills and artistic vision.
We have a great resource here at Sheffield Pottery
because there is someone here for every conceivable potting question one could have.
So if you have a question from kiln building to "how do I ..." or "what should I use to ..." lay it on me and we'll see what we and your fellow potters can come up with.
Have fun...
Don't forget to bookmak this page...