Monthly Archives: July 2011

Ceramics News Briefs International

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The ‘Cucuteni 5000’ ceramics fair in Iasi, Romania, Digital Journal — Oh, my, this work is so beautiful! Traditional designs, styles and glazes, as seen in the pic… This is the 28th year the festival has taken place, but it has a long history. “The pottery making tradition in Romania dates back thousands of years to a mysterious people archaeologists named ‘Cucuteni’.”

Roseville ‘Gardenia’ vase has roots in Ohio, New Orleans Picayune — The story of Roseville pottery, with tips for collectors. I hadn’t known it was named for the Ohio town it was originally made in. Evidently, there are two levels of value for the pottery…

Paid for in bowls, China Daily — The first thing I wondered when I read the lead was whether these people were being fleeced… However, the idea that antique pottery is being traded for new bowls is okay, though, if it’s being collected for museums, as is the case. The discussion about the “celadon water dropper” is quite interesting.

Signs of early settlements found on Lauderdale barrier island, Orlando Sentinel — This story is quite intriguing and it is accompanied by a video of archaeologists at work. Evidence of prehistoric Tequesta Indians and European explorers has been found.

Northampton archaeologists find man who could be 1,600-years-old, Chronicle & Echo — Archaeologists have found the remains of what they think may be a Roman in Northhampton, England. “A small piece of pottery found alongside the crouched skeleton was used to date the burial to somewhere between the years 43 and 410.” The shard is  apparently the only piece of pottery at the find, but it is so small, not much can be judged by it. The Romans built kilns wherever they established colonies, but who knows if this shard is from one of them. The story’s link to pottery is weak, but it isn’t everyday that a Roman is found…

Is Porcelain Dental Work Fragile?, The Huffington Post — A dentist questions the durability of this popular dentistry material, then answers his questions… I didn’t realize that porcelain crowns could be stronger than regular tooth enamel. However, I know my gold crowns are built to last!

Phillips de Pury & Co. Announces Highlights From September London Design Auction, Art Daily — News about an upcoming auction described as “the most important group of Modernist ceramics ever to appear at auction.” Forty works from the Berkeley Collection will be auctioned off. “The Berkeley Collection is legendary amongst Museum curators and collectors alike.

HIPing – What Is It and What are The Advantages for Engineering Ceramics?, Azom — I like to carry articles on high-tech ceramics now and then and this one lured me in with its curious process of densifying ceramics to remove porosity, “thereby leading to improved mechanical properties such as strength and reliability.” Nicely designed info graphic, too…

Spotlight on: Retiring ceramics teacher Mary Humphrey reflects on 28 years at Ella Sharp Museum, mlive — A lovely tribute to a woman who has dedicated her life to our art form. It’s a Q and A interview, which gives us a clearer look at what makes Mary Humphrey tick…

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Open Directory ceramic blogs: Western to Eastern U.S.

From East to West; Go West young man; the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the adages are many… Ancestors on my maternal grandfather’s side, people of Alsatian stock, journeyed west in a wagon train accompanied by friends of the family, leaving the territory that is now Kansas. Both the California Gold Rush and the Alaska Gold Rush made people scurry west. Then, rail lines traversed the width of the U.S., sealing the link between east to west in the United States. And so our own journey ends, as this is the last stop for ceramics blogs on the Open Directory. (To be fair, there is one more, in Spain and you can click here to see it.) Again, it’s a lovely thing to be able to see such a high concentration of ceramics blogs and I hope you enjoy perusing them… I am a little surprised that there are no blogs from the Northwest in this directory, given the abundance of potteries, studios and people who work with the medium in this neck of the woods. I don’t know what accounts for that, just as I don’t know why there were so many from North Carolina yesterday.

California

Anthony Foo

This Artist’s Life

Maine

Fine Mess Pottery

Massachusetts

Hatchville Pottery

Minnesota

Pottery Blog: Emily Murphy

Ohio

New Work

Utah

Potter’s Journal

Tara Robertson Pottery

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Open Directory ceramics blogs: Southern United States

The South has many connotations and distinctions, geographically, economically, historically, and culturally. While a number of states listed below are part of the Deep South, I am using the U.S. Census Bureau definition of ‘South.’  It can be confusing. More culturally accepted geographic divisions in the South often have nothing to do with state boundaries. For instance, I was born on the Florida Panhandle, which is part of the Deep South, as is east Texas. The reason for this is that the Panhandle continues to be influenced and populated by native Alabamans. At one time I had a thick Southern dialect, too, but it is long gone and, these days, only a smattering of Canadians detect any type of accent at all. But you didn’t come here for a geography lesson, did you? Well, I am continuing to cover ceramics blogs from the Open Directory. It feels good knowing these blogs are out there, featuring our favorite subject. Yet, in putting this page together, I was very surprised to see the wealth of blogs are from North Carolina. I do know that English, Welsh, and Scots-Irish ancestry figure strongly in people originally from this state. In addition, the Folk Arts have been kept alive in the southern states. You can still find fiddle and furniture makers, weavers, woodcarvers, and singers whose traditional repetoire can be directly traced to their English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish forebears. Africans brought their knowledge of pottery from their countries of origin. After all, it is a Universal medium. Whether the abundance of ceramists from North Carolina has anything to its traditional arts background, I don’t know, but it’s not a bad guess.

Alabama

Webb Pottery Studio

Florida

Blue Starr Gallery

Contemporary Art Porcelain

Scott’s Blog

Maryland

Pinkkiss Pottery

North Carolina

Alex Matisse; new one

Jen Mecca’s Pottery Blog

Joy Tanner Pottery

Potters Life

Ron Philbeck Pottery

Sawdust & Dirt

Stray Dog Pottery

Tom Gray – Seagrove, NC

Texas

Support Your Local Potter

Virginia

Dan Finnegan – Studio Pottery

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Open Directory ceramics blogs: Commonwealth countries

While getting ready to add my blog to the Open Directory Project site, I started looking around and was thrilled to see that 38 ceramics blogs were listed. Most of the descriptions mention the blogger’s location, so, over time, I’m going to feature them all on JSCW. Ceramics bloggers listed below come from the only Commonwealth countries listed in the directory under that blogging category. Soon, mine will be on that list, under Canada! It’s nice to learn of about others in the community. (Next up will be ceramics bloggers from the  Southern United States.) Please have a look-see….

Australia

Australian Pottery

Euan The Potter

Canada

Dragonfly Clay

Musing About Mud

England

A Devonshire Pottery

Potsblog

Scotland

e2r Ceramics

Hannah McAndrew – Slipware Potter

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