Pottery Making Newsletter: March 2015
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March 2015

Welcome new subscribers! Thanks for being part of the list.
I'm still looking for more pottery studios, clay closets, or ceramic facilities to be featured each month. Read on to find out about this month's Featured Clay Space and how you can have your own space featured in the future.

Site News

8 Favorite Pottery Tools

Have you shared your favorite pottery tools yet? Take a look at other potters' favorite tools and learn how to join the challenge:

Clay Blog Review

Another great Clay Blog Review has been posted:

Top Tips

Something to improve your work with clay. Open for suggestions.

Calculate Trimming Thickness

For many beginning potters trimming the right amount of clay from the bottom of a pot can be tricky. I've cut right through the bottom of plenty of pots or got scared and left a bunch of extra clay at the bottom of a clunky pot.
Check out the video for a tip to help you get just the thickness that you want:

The Quarter Trick

Speaking of thickness, one trick that can help you judge the thickness of plates and platters only requires a single coin. Check the two links below to see how to use a quarter to make it a little easier to throw platters on the wheel and get more consistent thickness.
Emily Murphy:
Lori Watts:

Featured Clay Space

A glimpse into the work space of another potter or ceramic artist. Your space can be featured here too! (Read this to find out how!)

Sherry Wells - Free Flight Studio

I make mostly wheel thrown and altered functional work, using porcelain and some white stoneware, firing to cone 10 in gas reduction kiln. I also have a wood kiln I am currently rebuilding, hoping to have it firing again this summer.
Free Flight
Studio is located in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, 20 minutes from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park.

Inside Free Flight Studio
Free Flight Studio entrance
All photos by Sherry Wells.
Facebook Page: Sherry Wells Pottery

Blogs of the Month

Some of the great pottery blogs will be featured here each month.

Sawdust and Dirt by Michael Kline

Michael is one of the pioneers of pottery blogging. He also has a strong presence on the social media networks, maintains the Facebook Ceramic Index and has even started his own podcast. And he still has time to make great pots! Go take a look at some of the great content on his blog, website and social media accounts. You won't be disappointed.


If you've been working with clay in the U.S. for any significant time, you've probably heard of NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts). On the blog you can find some great information about the organization and conference. Even if you aren't planning on attending the conference or becoming a member, you can still hear from some big names in clay.

Video Gems

New or little known videos (less than 1000 views) that are worth watching.

Using a Shop Vac to Glaze Pottery

John Bauman has an interesting tip to help glaze those pots that are hard to hold.

Giana Eden Pottery - Her Technique

Giana gives us a detailed look at her wheel throwing technique.

Challenge Question

Something to think about. You can share a response with if you like. If there are enough responses they might be combined into a blog post.
If you could invent one pottery tool that doesn't exist yet, what would it do?
Thanks again for reading!
If you have any ideas for this newsletter or if you would like to share informative sites, pottery tips, or some photos of your clay workspace get in touch through email or social media. I would love to hear from you!
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