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Cold Porcelain and Pasta Francesa made from ingredients in your home

Yes, it is smooth. Yes, it is white. Yes, you can fashion things from it. But that is where the similarity ends, because cold porcelain isn’t mineral clay and cannot be fired. It is a modelling compound that you can … Continue reading

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DIY projects using terra cotta clay pots

Terra cotta pots are saucers are inexpensive, come in a huge range of sizes and have many zippy uses. The humble clay pot can be used to make music, with birdwatching, as a cake plate and a homemade gift kit. … Continue reading

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Ceramics Books Published Winter/Spring 2011

Surface Design for Ceramics (A Lark Ceramics Book), by Maureen Mills. Paperback. $13.89 US (amazon.com), $16.89 CDN (amazon.ca). New edition of book originally published in 2008. Pre-order: April 5th release date. Amazon blurb: “Ceramists of any level will benefit from … Continue reading

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Stuff & Junk: Ceramic tool storage/transport

CARRY-ALL: I had been driving to the Open Studio because my supplies were too heavy to tote, especially if I was carrying clay. I wanted to walk and it always made me feel silly driving, since the art centre is … Continue reading

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Make a Plaster Mold of your Face for Mask-making

Several years ago, my friend Jennifer and I made molds of our faces. Later, I used my mold to create my Green Man/Woman relief tile. I am going to be using the mold again soon for a mask. It was … Continue reading

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Gordon Hutchens Fires his Anagama Kiln

What an amazing community project: the firing of an anagama kiln against a backdrop of rainforest! Coming across this is perfect timing, as I am unable to make it to a raku firing that Gary told me takes place this … Continue reading

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Ceramic Bird Houses? Why not!

When I first saw a photo of a ceramic bird house, I thought, hmm, I don’t know…. Wouldn’t it become awfully hot inside? Bird houses must stay below a certain temperature, otherwise it’s harmful for nesting. Naturally, since it’s made … Continue reading

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