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Treasures in Your Backyard: Use of Local Materials for Pottery

The topic for May 11, 2019 is Treasures in Your Backyard: Use of Local Materials for Pottery.
Traditionally, potters used whatever clay, fuel, and other materials were locally available for their craft. Since the advent of technology and long distance transportation, potters have gotten away from such materials in favor of more standardized, commercially available products. However, there is a growing interest in reconnecting with our past traditions and simpler raw materials. The discussion topic for the Potters’ Round Table will explore the possibilities of using locally available materials for pottery.

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An Interview with Phil Berneburg, the host of the Potters' Round Table

Many thanks to Jason Edwards and ArtBox who brings to us an in depth interview with Phil Berneburg, one of the founders of Washington Street Studios, and the host of The Potters' Round Table. In this interview we learn about much of Phil's background and how he amassed the knowledge he has of everything ceramic!

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Pots, Rocks and Minerals - Geology for Potters

The earth is alive like a giant machine, constantly producing new materials and recycling old ones. All the materials that we use to practice our art come directly or indirectly from the earth. The geologic processes that occur in nature to form these materials are the subjects of the next Round Table presentation: what is the geologic history of this area of the country, and how are the clays and all the other ingredients for our pottery formed in nature?

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Tips for Successful Glazing

Phil provides some useful tips on how to achieve repeatable results when glazing your pots

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Thixotropy, Quartz Inversions, and other Pottery Mysteries

The Potters' Round Table is one of our steps to share our passion for the ceramic arts. On the second Saturday of every month we offer facility as a venue for artists of all medium to share their creative energy and knowledge with other artists and art lovers. The Potters' Round Table events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided by Washington Street Studios.
Each Potters' Round Table focuses on the ceramic arts with monthly topics specific to potters. ​The topic for September 2019 was 'Thixotropy, Quartz Inversions, and other Pottery Mysteries'.

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An Introduction to Glaze Chemistry

At Washington Street Studios, we believe the sharing of creative energy and knowledge will improve the quality of our art and increase the appreciation of art within our community. We are striving to create an environment where the arts are shared and appreciated. We want to grow as a family of artists and contribute to our community.
The Potters' Round Table is one of our steps to share our passion for the ceramic arts. On the second Saturday of every month we offer facility as a venue for artists of all medium to share their creative energy and knowledge with other artists and art lovers. The Potters' Round Table events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided by Washington Street Studios.
Each Potters' Round Table focuses on the ceramic arts with monthly topics specific to potters. ​The topic for January 2019 was An Introduction to Glaze Chemistry. This is part 1.

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Critiquing Your Own Pottery: Design Principles You Can Use

Critiquing works of art usually involves three different aspects of the work: the composition or design of the work itself, the techniques used to produce the work, and the concept or purpose of the work. Guidelines for these judgments, especially of the composition, can be pretty involved and confusing. At the next Round Table, the discussion will focus on direct and practical ways that potters can make decisions in order to improve their work.

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Challenges in Firing Ceramics: Solving Problems with Pottery Defects and Kiln Performance

Challenges in Firing Ceramics: Solving Problems with Pottery Defects and Kiln Performance

There seem to be so many ways that bad things can happen to good pots. Defects in fired ceramics can originate with the clay, the glaze, as well as the actual firing process. As a follow-up to our three-part series on the different kinds of kilns, this month we’ll discuss problems with kiln operation and firing-related defects.

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Pottery Figurin': Simple Math Rules and Calculations that You Can Actually Use

Math? And pottery? What is this, high school all over again? Well, no, but there are a number of occasions during the making of pottery that knowledge of some simple math calculations can be very useful, such as for for preparing glazes or determining the porosity of fired ceramics. So this month’s discussion will be about a number of very basic math concepts and calculations for the pottery making process, ones that you can actually use.

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Pottery and Physics

Physics is the science of matter and energy and their interactions. When you hear the word “physics” you probably think of things like nuclear power, electronics, or rocket science, but physics is deeply involved in our everyday lives and in such ordinary activities as pottery. In this discussion we’ll talk about the physical science that’s going on behind all the various steps in the pottery-making process. Having a little background can help us to solve problems and improve our techniques. Never took a physics class? Here’s a chance to see how a little science can help us understand our everyday pottery activities.

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A New introduction to Glaze Chemistry - Part 1

If you like working with glazes and experimenting, then a very basic knowledge of chemistry can be a big help in understanding how they work. Even if you don’t make up your own glazes, a little chemistry can be valuable for diagnosing problems with glazes.

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A New introduction to Glaze Chemistry - Part 2

If you like working with glazes and experimenting, then a very basic knowledge of chemistry can be a big help in understanding how they work. Even if you don’t make up your own glazes, a little chemistry can be valuable for diagnosing problems with glazes.

This is part 2 of 2

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