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]
I bought a vase at a thrift store today (pics of the vase and the marks on the bottom are here). I'd love to know who made it, but I don't even know what to Google. [more inside]
I'm looking for a technology tree for the early early history of human technology. I want one that is detailed but it doesn't need to go any further than the Classical age. Do you know of any resources on-line or have any book recommendations that would give me a good part of what I need? [more inside]
While visiting a friend the other day, he showed me a very strange clay bowl. The bowl came with the house, which he rents. The owner does not know/recall the purpose of the bowl, nor have any guests been able to produce a convincing answer. More details and a drawing follow. [more inside]
I need your help ID'ing this piece of pottery. [more inside]
Received a $50 gift card to Pottery Barn. What's the most useful thing I can buy from there in this approximate price range?
What does this say? Trying to make out the characters in the second line of text here: Stoneware Jar. Also, is there a third line?
Help me replace my mother's beloved Puerto Rican coffee cups. [more inside]
I have a pretty big collection of mod pottery that is all marked WEG. Cake plates, espresso cups, martini pitchers, vases, beatniks smoking on little dishes, horses running around mugs, it's all there. I have been to antiques roadshow, asked a million ebay sellers about the different stories they use to sell it, grilled antique dealers, and more and have not been able to track down the mysterious WEG. See flickr set here. [more inside]
Can you help me identify and replace a smashed up clay figurine? [more inside]
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]
Can anyone help a glazing (pottery, not cinnamon buns) newbie find or formulate a glaze recipe that will match our existing dishes? [more inside]
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]
I am looking for demitasse cups with an image of a coast live oak--full tree, leaves, or acorns would all be fine, either stylized or realistic. Failing that, other awesome demitasse/Turkish coffee/espresso cups? [more inside]
How do I get my artistic inspiration/mojo back? I have 3 primary artistic outlets: pottery, photography/videography and writing (primarily about my travels and linked to the photography. I seem to be crap at all of them and can't get back in the zone. [more inside]
Please help me identify a vase my MIL bought. She was told it's Satsuma. [more inside]
I dropped a handmade coffee mug and it cracked but did not shatter. Can it be saved? [more inside]
Pottery is made in a pottery. What else is made in its namesake? Is there a name for this? [more inside]
If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it?
If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it? [more inside]
I am looking for suggestions or recommendations on beginners pottery classes in San Francisco. [more inside]
What antique stores/dealers in Austin might be interested in buying vintage kitchenware such as Pyrex, and various small pieces of American art pottery (Roseville, Sascha B, Van Briggle, etc.)? [more inside]
Gift suggestions for the hobbyist potter (ceramics)? [more inside]
What are some practical or unique things I can make during pottery class? [more inside]
I would like to start selling vintage goods (kitchenware, art pottery, etc.) online and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
ISO basic ceramics/pottery textbook/handbook. [more inside]
Where can I glaze and fire my pottery in San Diego? [more inside]
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]
Raku Pottery Question. Is it okay to stop the kiln and remove pieces that are done, and then restart the kiln to finish the other pieces?
Raku Pottery Question. Is it okay to stop the kiln and remove pieces that are done, and then restart the kiln to finish the other pieces? [more inside]
Is there a pottery studio in NJ where I can go to make a mug instead of just paint it? [more inside]
Help me repair a broken ceramic cup? [more inside]
Where can I find LARGE pho or noodle soup bowls? I mean the ones that they use to serve the stuff in authentic noodle shops/pho shops? I've looked everywhere - including my local asian grocers and restaurant supply stores. All they have are 28oz bowls or little bowls with chopstick holders. I'm looking for a bowl big enough for 2 or more people -- but NOT a salad bowl. I'm located in Northern NJ.
I need a bowl for the remains of eaten food. My late grandfather used the term "Camposanto," meaning "graveyard" (Italian?), for the bowl into which you'd throw the shells or bones of animals you've just eaten (mussels, ribs etc). I want to get his daughter, my mom, a bowl that would live up to the name; something with crosses, or graves, or "in loving memory," or even better something with skeletons (especially of fish) on it, something ghostly (ghastly) or something equally pithy on it. Big enough for about 30+ mussel shells on it, and preferably something not too earnest. Perhaps something like this or this (but preferably bigger). [more inside]
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]
Where can I rent time on a potter's wheel in Los Angeles next week? [more inside]
Looking to take my fiancee to a pottery class and some glass-blowing in/near Manchester UK - any recommendations? [more inside]
I bought two hand-painted ceramic mugs that appear to have been glazed. When I put my first cup of (very hot) coffee in one of them, I heard a faint crackling sound. The coffee also smelled a bit chemically. What's going on? [more inside]
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]
Does anyone know of any cheap-ish pottery classes in NYC for the summer? I'm a beginner, but I would be fine with some kind of open studio deal as well. I'll be living in Williamsburg and working in Harlem, so extra points if it's located near either of those two places.
I am involved in branding a "company" that has a casino, theater and hotel as part of its assets. Part of the brand development is naming. The company is located in Northern New Mexico (Espanola – which, I've been informed is a leading provide of Black tar heroin!). Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations for reference books or even novels that focus on that area/culture and might spark some inspiration for names. The "company" is actually a Native American tribe or Pubelo that is known for its Black pottery.
I would like to buy my girlfriend a potter's wheel for her birthday, but don't really know anything about where to look, what to look for, or the price I can expect to pay. Any suggestions or recommendations? [more inside]
Recommendations for good pottery/ceramics courses in Toronto? [more inside]
i want to buy one of those heads made out of pottery that show different bits of the brain; i can't for the life of me find out what they're called, but you see them on telly in doctor's surgeries and they look mighty fine. anyone got any ideas what they're called, despite my rather lame description?
My father, a potter in Massachusetts, has been firing his Olympic DD17 natural gas-fired downdraft kiln with good results for several years. Recently, it's begun to cut out half way through the firing process. [more inside]
My mother needs to clean what appears to be hard water mineral deposits from an old Van Briggle vase without damaging it. Vinegar? [more inside]
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]
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]
Does anyone know where one could buy a "wavy" cheese cutter? [more inside]
I recently came into possession of a book called Archeology of the Florida Gulf Coast by Gordon R. Willey with a copyright of 1949. I would like to know what it's worth. It is in good condition - not great, but good. Googling allowed me to find a reprint edition from 1973 priced at $85.00, but I can't find the value of an original 1949 copy. [more inside]
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