John Britt on tue 8 nov 11
Don't know if you all have seen Ceramics Monthly lately but it is really =
good! (In spite of mel's negative view of things.)
Let me give you a brief overview:
This month they have a great article on Suspenders and Binders for Glaze =
David Pier. It answers many of the most frequently asked questions on Cla=
about glazes settling.
Then there is the Exposure section which is 6 pages of both historic and =
contemporary works. What is not to like!?
Then there is Internet stuff like Cloud Collecting and CSP ( Community=3D20=
Supported Pottery - ways to raise money like Kick-Starter, etc.) Great - =
date ideas in there!
Then Couple in Clay which highlights 5 couples who work in clay like Mich=
Hunt and Naomi Daglish and Becky and Steve Lloyd. Outstanding!
Then Jaun Granadas and Haejung Lee as well a the MFA Factor which highlig=
Graduate Programs across the country. Then the AMACO collection.=3D20
Then a 5 page article on Snow Flake Crackle Glazes with recipes for cone =
cone 10. Awesome!
And I haven't even mentioned the Ceramics Arts Yearbook and Annual Buyers=
Guide for 2012. It is a free supplement and contains great stuff, like Po=
the Year Ayumi Horie which is a great interview. Then New Products with t=
Bailey Quick Trim..
A great section on Materials like what is happening with F-4, G-200 Gerst=
rare earths (global economics which effects our products) , etc,
SOFA , Museum shows, Auctions, ICF, Archie Bray, NCECA, Transitions=3D20
featuring Tony Clennell in his trademark detective hat, Icons Remembered=3D=
including our friend Ian Currie, etc.
The content is so outstanding that it is in fact, too numerous to even hi=
I think that the staff at Ceramics are doing a fantastic job with the mag=
and people should rethink their ossified views and get out a bit more. In=
you don't know Ceramics Monthly is doing an outstanding job of competing =
this difficult market and flourishing. It is time to stop complaining and=
So TRY IT AGAIN for the first time .=3D20
Here is a link to the Snowflake Article and there is more for free on Cer=
Pottery by John on tue 8 nov 11
I am with John Britt on this. About a week or two AFTER I had signed up for
a subscription to Ceramics Monthly, there were a few posts on Clayart about
how CM had gone down, didn't have anything relevant to the studio potter,
and was all about MFA programs, and had bad pottery. So I was let down tha=
I had made a bad investment.
When my first copy came it had great articles about several studio potters
and how what per cent time they spent on marketing, Internet, and making
pots. There were also articles related, as Mr. Britt indicated, about
materials and other topics of interest to a working potter. So, I decided
someone must have read the messages in Clayart and mended their ways.
Subsequent issues have not failed me either. I think they are delivering
good, useful, content. It works for me!
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Randall Moody on tue 8 nov 11
On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM, Pottery by John
> I am with John Britt on this. About a week or two AFTER I had signed up f=
> a subscription to Ceramics Monthly, there were a few posts on Clayart abo=
> how CM had gone down, didn't have anything relevant to the studio potter,
> and was all about MFA programs, and had bad pottery. =3DA0So I was let do=
> I had made a bad investment.
I agree with you both on this. I also would say that to me it
sometimes appears that any mention of MFA's brings ire from some
circles. I am not sure why this is. I would also add that it has
improved greatly since I first became aware of it in the 90's.
Randall in Atlanta
John Britt on wed 9 nov 11
I am with you on the Randall. Good luck with yours.
John Britt Pottery
Anthony Ferguson on wed 9 nov 11
As many of us, I think we've seen Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times more and
more branch out and try to speak to a larger audience appealing to both the
academic and studio potters over the years. I tend to think there is gold
of some sort useful now or later in life in every issue, to the new artist
and older artist alike.
On Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 7:06 AM, John Britt wrot=
> I am with you on the Randall. Good luck with yours.
> John Britt Pottery
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