October 6, 2017

Working with ceramics requires creativity for the most part and scientific knowledge. Firing is an essential step in the ceramic process. Firing is the process of applying controlled and sustained heat to the clay in a kiln. This process subjects the clay to several ph...

September 11, 2017

There is intimacy and creativity in a pinched project that is un-matched. Created from a single lump of clay, pinched pots have the direct imprint of the artist’s fingers and thumbs. Many people think pinch pots are boring and have no idea how to use a pinching techniq...

July 24, 2017

 We all love fine and delicate tableware that conjures up images of cakes and little sandwiches with friends. Be it a mug with a large handle or a lovely cup and saucer set, exploring the reasons we prefer on design over the other is a valuable exercise to inform our o...

July 11, 2017

Ceramics is wonderful for your soul and spirit, yet it can be a strain for your neck and back. It is easy to hurt your back while hunching over the potter’s wheel or bent over a table decorating your pot. Sometimes picking up a heavy bag of clay can put a strain on you...

June 13, 2017

What is greenware?

Greenware is unfired clay pottery referring to a stage of production when the clay is mostly dry (leather hard) but has not yet been fired in a kiln. Greenware may be in any of the stages of drying: wet, damp, soft leather-hard, leather-hard, stiff le...

The expression "Islamic art" is a term used to describe visual arts, created by Muslim and non-Muslim artists after the 7th century, who lived in the regions occupied by Muslims and cultures of Islam. Examples of Islamic art can be seen in forms such as architecture, a...

As more and more people come into the studio, we start to see more creativity and get a lot of inspiration. One of the best ways that our members show off their creative talents is in how they decorate their ceramics. There is a lot of anticipation and patience when ma...

April 22, 2017

Whether you are pinching a cup or throwing a bowl, thinking about the addition of a foot will add character and elevate your piece. Feet are not a necessity, and don’t impact the functionality of the object you are making. However, the addition of a foot to a bowl can...

April 4, 2017

Spring is here and soon the summer heat will be upon us. Does reaching for a hot cup of tea in the heat seem like a crazy idea? The short answer is No; you will feel cooler as your body starts to sweat more and that sweat must be able to evaporate for you to feel that...

March 13, 2017

Currently we teach 2 sculpture classes a week, and we get asked a lot whether sculpture and handbuilding are two different things. There are many debates on this subject from artists and academics, we like to take the practical approach. Hand building is the method and...

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