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Learning to throw pots in the digital age

I lucked into a professional level potter's wheel for a great price this past weekend. While pottery is something I've been interested doing in my whole life, I've never actually used a wheel before. There are plenty of beginner classes and workshops around... but there are also a lot of videos on YouTube. Any reason I shouldn't have a go at it myself and put money towards tools/supplies/a kiln instead of spending it on a class? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 26, 2014 - 16 answers

The Art of making Money

A good friend of mine, a London-based ceramics artist, needs to find a way of making her career more financially lucrative. By many measures, she is already successful: she has attained high-profile residencies, is signed to a prestigious gallery, and is critically acclaimed. However, she’s barely making enough money to survive and is starting to question whether it is worth continuing to plough her time into a career that will leave her impoverished. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2014 - 20 answers

Hanging ceramics on a wall

I have a ceramic set like this and one like this. they have holes in the back for hanging like the last picture in this ebay listing. [more inside]
posted by Duffington on Sep 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Who made these dishes?

My family used to have some neutral colored ceramic dishes with minimilist blue line paintings of traditionally costumed children appearing to be from the Netherlands. The children were facing forward in a rather two dimensional look. The images were of far lower complexity than what one might associate with Delft or Spode. Who made these? Where are they from?
posted by donut_princess on Jul 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Best way to sell assortment of fine vintage clothes and items?

I have a small assortment of rather choice* vintage clothes, textiles and miscellany. I would like to sell it all. I'm already eBaying a large volume of other stuff, I am an average photographer with an average camera and honestly, eBay doesn't seem like the best place to sell these things - a couple are rare collector pieces. What are some good ways to do this besides eBay and what are your experience of them? Also, how can I figure out what is a reasonable price if I do sell to a dealer? I'd be glad to hear from you as a dealer or as a skilled amateur. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jun 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Help Me Get My DIY On In The Bay

I just moved back to the Bay Area and am trying to get my DIY on again. Please recommend resources and spaces for ceramics, knitting, and sewing lessons/classes/circles in the East Bay or SF. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Cone of mystery

Ceramicsfilter: I am looking at buying an older kiln off Craigslist, but no one can seem to figure out what cone this thing can fire to. i know this is a long shot, but my Google-Fu is letting me down big time on this one. [more inside]
posted by couchtater on Jun 22, 2012 - 11 answers

What can I make with terra cotta?

What can I make with terra cotta? [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Feb 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for ceramics classes in San Francisco

I am looking for suggestions or recommendations on beginners pottery classes in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by CTORourke on Aug 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Best birthday gift for a hobbyist potter?

Gift suggestions for the hobbyist potter (ceramics)? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Oct 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Who made this plate?

Anyone have any idea who made this plate? I recently found a beautiful plate at a charity shop, but half of the maker's mark has worn off. It is cream with 3 hand painted orange-red poppies and a green edge, and I think it may be from the 1930s. I don't think it's particularly valuable, but I'd like to see if I can find anything to match it. There are a few pictures on my Flickr page. I've tried Googling, but haven't found anything yet.
posted by bibliophibianj on Sep 9, 2010 - 8 answers

High temperature adhesive for ceramics?

My brother sculpted me a beautiful ceramic incense burner for my birthday a few years ago after I finished taking Anthropology at school. The top part resembles the face of some distant human relative, and smoke flows out through the eyes, nose and mouth. Unfortunately, right after he gave it to me, a small piece got chipped off while it was in my backpack! Where can I find a small quantity of good high temperature ( ~ 500F - 2000F) adhesive suitable for ceramics?
posted by rhythmicahly on Aug 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Pottery for Dummies

ISO basic ceramics/pottery textbook/handbook. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Aug 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Kilns for hire in San Diego?

Where can I glaze and fire my pottery in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by notnathan on May 15, 2010 - 5 answers

So, what can you tell me about this Fulper piece?

Can anyone tell me about this piece of Fulper Pottery. And, yes, I'm curious about price and history. I picked it up at a thrift store today. Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3. [more inside]
posted by toddst on May 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Find a new life for the remains of mugs

What to do with broken ceramic mugs? [more inside]
posted by brambory on Oct 3, 2009 - 9 answers

American Indian Pottery and Glazing

What did American Indians use to glaze and paint their pottery and clay sculptures? Recipes or good links to such would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Sep 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Mysterious Urn

Mysterious Urn Filter: What is the intended use of this ceramic thing i picked up at an antiques fair? [more inside]
posted by softsantear on May 7, 2009 - 12 answers

Dream up the coolest pottery studio

What would your dream pottery studio look like? Not one you'd build in your garage but a cool, full-service studio. Would it have... [more inside]
posted by lois1950 on Nov 25, 2008 - 5 answers

I am going to decorate my own dishes, ostensibly

Ceramics filter: What sort of medium is the gold paint (?) that is used to decorate fine china/ tableware? [more inside]
posted by InstantSanitizer on Mar 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Toronto Pottery Throw-Down

Recommendations for good pottery/ceramics courses in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher on Jan 14, 2008 - 3 answers

A mug-bowl. A Mowl. For Soup.

I need help locating the perfect, giant soup mug for work. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 12, 2007 - 17 answers

Books about craftsmanship?

I'm interested in reading about craftsmanship, in the sense of attention to detail and finish as it relates to the overall success of a project. My specific project is ceramics, and so books (and suggestions) about pottery would be really appreciated, but I'm interested in other disciplines as well. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jun 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Clay in Dublin?

Clay in Dublin: In a pretty massive change of directions, Slothrop and I will be moving to Dublin this fall for 9 months. He'll be busy doing his Fulbrighty stuff, and I'll be busy doing, well, whatever I want. What I want is to have access to some kind of ceramic studio. [more inside]
posted by dirtmonster on Jun 2, 2006 - 3 answers

Looking for stuff to make my place nicer...

Emerging artists... who are your picks of relatively, virtually, or literally (but for you, I suppose) unknown artists who create things I can put in my home (ie, not filmmakers/animators/writers/comic writers, etc.), such as paintings, pottery, furniture, photographs, etc? Criteria inside... [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Mar 29, 2006 - 26 answers

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